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