Middle East

Lebanon

DRC has been delivering humanitarian programming in response to various humanitarian crises in Lebanon since 2004, working with Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees, but also with vulnerable Lebanese host populations, including those affected by the Beirut Port explosion in 2020.

Current situation

Lebanon remains the country hosting the largest number of refugees per capita in the world. One in five people in Lebanon is a refugee. For nearly two years now, the country has been grappling with a deepening economic and financial crisis, social unrest and political instability exacerbated by COVID-19 and the Beirut port explosion, descending into what could end up being one of the top three worst economic crises in the world.

The Lebanese currency continues to plummet to new depths, so far losing more than 90% of its value against the US dollar, while extreme poverty and unemployment are on the rise. The accumulation of crises has pushed many into poverty and the loss of jobs and purchasing power and lack of fuel and electricity are triggering new waves of protests across the country. More than half the Lebanese population currently lives below the poverty line while 9 out of 10 Syrian families live in extreme poverty. 

Core sectors Lebanon

Protection
Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management

Displacement trends

Source: | UNHCR

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Why we are there

DRC Lebanon’s focus is to improve the protective environment and the living conditions of displacement-affected populations, as well as contributing to the achievement of durable solutions.

What we do

DRC has been delivering humanitarian programming in response to various humanitarian crises in Lebanon since 2004, working with Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees, but also with vulnerable Lebanese host populations, including those affected by the Beirut Port explosion in 2020.

DRC implements a multi-sectoral humanitarian response in Lebanon and is present across the country, particularly in vulnerable areas that are home to the highest concentrations of Syrian refugees.

These areas include North Lebanon, Akkar Governorate, Central, West and North Bekaa, in conjunction with local partners.

Working in collaboration with

UNHCR
UNHCR
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Novo Nordisk Fonden
Novo Nordisk Fonden
US State Department
US State Department
ILO
KHF

Contact

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