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Lebanon: Humanitarian Fund to step up support to the most vulnerable groups

19 Mar 2018
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Now in its seventh year, the Syria crisis has had a profound humanitarian, socio-economic, and political impact on Lebanon and its people. The country hosts 1.5 million Syrians besides several hundred thousand Palestinian refugees.

Despite humanitarian efforts, the needs of these affected communities are outpacing the resources and capacities of partners, and coping mechanisms of the most vulnerable are being severely tested.

To address the needs of some of the most vulnerable who have sought refuge in Lebanon, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini today launched a US$ 6.5 million Standard Allocation from the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund (LHF) to address priority needs of three most vulnerable groups: Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS), People with Specific Needs (PwSN) and sexual/gender-based violence survivors. The allocation will address the fact that funding for these three groups had been curtailed.

The call for proposals is open from 19 March to 6 April 2018. The Standard Allocation is a process through which most of the funds will be used for priority projects in line with the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP).

The 1.5 million Syrians in Lebanon includes 997,905 million registered as refugees with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Besides the Syrian refugees Lebanon hosts 34,000 PRS, 35,000 Lebanese returnees, and a pre-existing population of more than 277,985 Palestine Refugees in Lebanon (PRL). This has placed unprecedented strain on the country’s economy, infrastructure, and public services.

“Preserving the stability of Lebanon means preserving tolerance, diversity and stability in the region”, said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini at the launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) 2017-2020 last month. “More than ever, international solidarity needs to match the hospitality of Lebanon as host country. No country in the world can – or should – carry alone the challenge that Lebanon is facing. Responsibility-sharing with Lebanon is key”, he said.

Since its establishment in 2014, following the decentralization of the Regional Syria Fund, the LHF, has allocated US$40.13 million to support humanitarian response in Lebanon. By funding urgent unmet humanitarian needs across the country, the LHF has supported more than 850,000 individuals – including Syrian and Palestinian Refugees and vulnerable Lebanese – 55 per cent of whom are women and girls.