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

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.

  • We offer expert services, project solutions, and develop local partner capacities to ensure optimal development impact.
  • We offer nexus oriented impact projects designed through programs linkages  
  • We ensure optimal impact by offering tailor made sustainable and long term solutions in our development 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 program focuses on facilitating the successful integration of marginalized Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian youth into the labor market. Through our intervention, we offer a powerful global coaching cycle product known as Coaching for Employment (C4EE), specifically designed to enhance employment prospects. Additionally, we provide a range of employment office services to further support youth in their job search journey. By participating in our program, youth gain valuable skills, guidance, and increased opportunities for employment.

Business Center/Business HUB

Swisscontact in Lebanon has introduced a range of user-friendly digital solutions to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in offering their microservices, to access new markets, and increase their visibility. In addition, we are dedicated to enhancing the technical capacities of these businesses by providing targeted skill development in key areas. Through our employment support program, we also facilitate connections between these enterprises and youth, offering internships and potential employment opportunities whenever possible.


We are currently collaborating with ICRC in Akkar on a sustainable agriculture project. Our focus is on developing locally grown feed substitutes to replace expensive imported livestock feed. This initiative is complemented by alternative energy projects. In other regions like the Bekaa, Swisscontact has partnered with local stakeholders to establish agri-business hubs. These hubs aim to support growers and producers in increasing their income by optimizing and diversifying their agricultural practices.


We have a collaborative partnership with Arcenciel, a well-known NGO specializing in recycling and agriculture, specifically focusing on textile upcycling. Arcenciel already has established upcycling and collection facilities, while Swisscontact provides technical expertise in logistics, training, and value chain facilitation. Together, we are working towards maximizing the potential of textile upcycling.

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.
Our team members in Lebanon

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