Lebanon

Lebanon has a strategic location; it is often seen as the opening to the middle east. Its terrain allows trade with its various ports, and it has a track record of internal tourism and is known to be a touristic destination for foreigners. Prior to 2019, around 2 million tourists entered Lebanon annually.

Since 2019, Lebanon has been facing slow economic growth for years and several long- term structural weaknesses such as weak infrastructure, poor service delivery, and institutional corruption. Its fiscal deficits have increased debt-to-GDP ratio. Moreover, its current estimated unemployment rate is 6.70 %, with 82% of its population living in poverty.
about Lebanon

Country Facts 

  • Area: 10452 km²
  • Population: 6 million
  • Capital: Beirut

Swisscontact in LEBANON

  • since 2019
Country Director Lebanon
Hassan Bugnard

Our approach

In Lebanon and the surrounding region, Swisscontact invests in assessing development needs in relevant sectors. The organisation organises assessments of the skills and capacities of existing local and national partners with the aim of capitalising on their strengths in specific areas and strengthening them.

  • Swisscontact also offers expert services, project solutions and project design and implementation at local and regional levels to ensure optimal development impact. We offer the design of linkage programmes  
  • We ensure the optimisation of the development impact of projects

In addition to impact project management, we provide technical support services such as risk assessment, resource management and capacity building. 

Current assessment

Working in an Economic Nexus context requires an investment in knowledge of local and national dynamics and opportunities. In order to participate in the development of sustainable responses, Swisscontact conducts research to understand what the key areas are and seeks serious partners with coherent actions to outline local based solutions.

Our expertise

Our interventions

Employment Support

Our employment support is a labour market insertion intervention area aimed at offering marginalized Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian youth the global coaching for employment coaching cycle product alongside employment office services to increase youths’ chances of employment. 

Business Center/Business HUB

Swisscontact in Lebanon developed a set of digital solutions SMEs can offer their microservices, access new markets, gain exposure. Additionally, we work on developing their technical capacities by developing their skills in key areas. These businesses are also linked with youth from the employment support, offering them internships and, when possible, employment opportunities.

Agriculture

Our current collaboration with ICRC in Akkar is in sustainable agriculture, specifically on developing locally grown feed substitutes to replace the costly imported livestock feed. This intervention is coupled with alternative energy projects. In other regions such as the Bekaa, Swisscontact has partnered with local stakeholders to establish agri-business hubs, which will support growers and producers to maximise their income through optimization and diversification. 

Re-Suite

We currently work with Arcenciel, a renowned NGO in recycling and agriculture on textile upcycling. Arcenciel has its pre-existing upcycling and collection facilities and Swisscontact is offering its technical expertise from logistics, trainings, to the value chain facilitation.

Lebanon
Initial vocational education and training
TAFAWOQ - Youth employment and skills
The Tafawoq project initially started off as a Coaching for Employment and Entrepreneurship project. Due to the economic crisis in Lebanon, assessments were done on the local contextual needs so we could increase the impact and guarantee labour market insertion. Some of these assessments included the weakened economy’s ability to take in an additional supply of skills, data analysis on the youth target groups, market demand, and how to offset the disadvantages marginalized youth face, all of which constitute barriers to labour market entry.
TEAM
Our team members in Lebanon

Contact

Dekweneh, Building PG1776 Actel, Beirut