Partners: UN-Habitat and UNICEF

Locations: Lebanon, Tripoli

Donors: Swiss Cooperation Office

El-Qobbeh is a predominantly residential neighbourhood in eastern Tripoli, on the east banks of Abu Ali River. It falls within the jurisdiction of Tripoli Municipality, in Lebanon’s North Governorate. El-Qobbeh neighbourhood as defined participatively in the field spans 1.78 square kilometres. This profile however covers only the most vulnerable core of the neighbourhood, a 0.16-square-kilometre pocket. The profiled part of the neighbourhood is a low-income area, exhibiting a relative weakness in terms of public basic urban services and social services provision, limited livelihood opportunities, and a fragile security situation affected by historical­ly rooted tensions. The profiled area holds 552 buildings and accommodates 6,385 residents, the vast majority (84.4 percent) of whom are Lebanese. Most of the non-Lebanese residents are Syrian (14.5 percent of the total population). A household survey sample shows that of the non-Lebanese households, more than three quarters arrived in Lebanon from 2011 to 2017, suggesting the extent to which the Syrian refugee crisis, which started in 2011, has contributed to recent demographic changes.

Neighbourhood profiles are reports containing original spatialized data and analysis, generated within an area-based framework, and synthesized to respond to the evidence needs of sector specialists, multisector practitioners, and local authorities. Data is gathered participatively through field and household surveys, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions. Neighbourhood profiles offer an integrated place-based analysis covering multiple sectors and issues, including governance; population; safety and security; health; education; child protection; youth; local economy and livelihoods; buildings and housing; basic urban services; and access and open spaces. Data findings are prefaced by a contextualization that covers the neighbourhood’s history. Neighbourhood profiles are in line with the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan [LCRP] 2017–2020 (2018 Update) and the United Nations Strategic Framework (UNSF).

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