The project enables 150 young Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian women, and men to take part in a coaching cycle that teaches them basic skills to integrate into the labour market in the project areas of Tripoli, Mount Lebanon, and Beirut. In 2021, there are 865,531 registered Syrian refugees with an estimate total of 1,500,000 Syrians in Lebanon. Additionally, according to UNICEF the number of Palestine refugees in Lebanon is approximately 192,000 (174,422 Palestine refugees in Lebanon and 17,706 Palestine refugees from Syria). This makes Lebanon one of the countries in the world that has received the most refugees in relation to its own population. The living conditions of the refugees and the socially weaker are precarious and the Syrian conflict has contributed to the intensification of existing problems, such as the weak rule of law and corruption. Society in Lebanon is fragmented and the prospects of young people depend to a large extent on their membership of the respective population group. Regardless of this, the current economic crisis is making it difficult for most young professionals, especially in areas outside the capital Beirut, to find a paid job. The quality of public vocational training is inadequate and although various training courses are offered by international and national NGOs, there is a lack of concrete measures for labour market integration.
Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon
North Governorate, Lebanon
Beirut Governorate, Lebanon
Project duration
2019 - 2024

The project

The project works with the "Coaching Cycle" methodology developed by the Swisscontact C4EE project team in Albania in collaboration with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, which is already being successfully implemented in Eastern Europe in its tenth year. In order to promote the development of young women and men, the project is aimed at solving important obstacles such as the lack of life and professional competence of young people, a lack of information and orientation on labour market opportunities, a lack of access and appropriate services for these categories at various levels. This will be achieved by training coaches to implement the coaching cycle. The weak cooperation between state and private actors in the field of employment is also reinforced.

During the current pilot phase of the project, the coaching cycle will be adapted to the local labour market, the different (legal) conditions and the individual goals of the project participants. Young people can find out where they can best use their skills through internships in different areas. Possible occupational fields are construction, production of local specialities (agrofood) and facility services.

Swisscontact works with local partner organisations which are deeply rooted in the local communities and are dedicated with great commitment to every single participant of the project.

Project goals

  1. Training of coaches: 14 coaches of three partner organisations (DROPS Community Progress, Nawaya Network, Caritas Lebanon) are trained by the master trainers of Hochschule Luzern and Swisscontact and accompany the youth along the different stages of the coaching cycle.
  2. Implementation of the first coaching cycle: 200 marginalised, unemployed young women and men from Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian population groups participate in the coaching cycle (50% women).
  3. Partner organisations independently manage the implementation of the coaching cycle: Two local partner organisations (DROPS Community Progress and Nawaya Network) improve their project management and business competencies thanks to the support of Swisscontact.

Expected results

First results will be available after completion of the pilot phase in June 2021.

Project partner

DROPS Community Progress

Financing partners

This project is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA).


TAFAWOQ: Communication June 2021
The digital acceleration experienced in the current period of social distancing has allowed us to diversify forms of work and increase the decentralization of people. However, a major challenge remains: our common intelligence must remain skilfully connected to go beyond what we know from experience 
and foster collective success.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Agility, creativity and anticipation have been at the heart of this month's actions.
The country is going through a period of destabilization on the health, economic and political levels.This difficult moment in Lebanese history puts the entire population under extreme tension and the challenges are enormous. We are extremely proud that the project teams continue to work wisely, pragmatically and with determination. This month's communication is dedicated to this dedication that frames our target people to enable them to access a better life and more stability. Agility, creativity and anticipation have been at the heart of this month's actions. To allow the person at the center of our actions a precious resilience, you show in this context and we are grateful and proud.

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