Supporting host-communities and crisis response efforts
In Lebanon the influx of refugees from the Syrian crisis has put significant strain on society and the economy. With 1.5 million Syrian refugees having crossed the Lebanese border the number of people living in poverty has risen by nearly two thirds since 2011. Nine years into the Syrian Crisis, Lebanon is at a very delicate juncture and the need for broad, unified and determined engagement is more critical than ever before.
Since 2013, UNDP has implemented a holistic response to the impact of the Syrian crisis together with the Ministry of Social Affairs, building capacities in host communities, preventing conflict and ensuring peaceful co-existence. As UN co-lead of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan, UNDP works to ensure that all aspects of the plan contribute to the country's long-term stability. UNDP also manages the multi-stakeholder Host Community Support Programme (LSHP), which is fully integrated in the Response Plan. In 2019, the programme implemented 48 projects that improved basic services in 36 communities and two municipal unions benefiting a total of 377,355 Lebanese nationals and 183,318 Syrian, and created new jobs through 17 projects in five communities and 12 clusters, benefiting 264,275 Lebanese and 126,545 Syrians.