Lebanon has been facing slow economic growth for years and several long-term structural weaknesses such as weak infrastructure, poor service delivery, and institutionalised corruption. Its fiscal deficits have increased its debt-to-GDP ratio. Moreover, its current estimated unemployment rate is 6.28%, with 40% 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

Swisscontact aims at strengthening the labour market at the local level through training and business support components such coaching. Based on the idea of working across several sectors, with each intervention being dictated directly by the identified needs, in order to achieve a systemic impact on the youth labour market.

The objective is to create opportunities by supporting the youth through an adapted business network that generates employment in the intervention areas, but also in the areas of innovation at the MSMEs level.

Initial vocational education and training
Youth employment and skills
The project enables 150 young women and men from three population groups to take part in a coaching cycle that teaches them basic skills to integrate into the labour market in the project areas of Tripoli and Beddawi in northern Lebanon.
Our team members in Lebanon

"Achieving long-term impact is the best motivator”

Interview with Hassan Bugnard, Country Director of Swisscontact Lebanon

Hassan Bugnard’s start as Swisscontact Lebanon Country Director and Project Manager for a labour market integration project could not have been more precarious: first, Lebanon declared bankruptcy, and then the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed on both Switzerland and Lebanon. The move to his new home in Lebanon began only digitally. > read more


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