Lebanon – Research and Capacity Development

UN-Habitat in Lebanon has published the following publications:

“No Place to Stay” in partnership with Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut.

“Reforming Urban Planning Systems in Lebanon: Findings of the research assessment” June 2013.

“Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon: Implications of the Syrian Refugee Crisis” study with UNHCR and the European Union.

“Tripoli Rapid City Profile”. (Upcoming publication)

As part of its programme on “Enhancing the Role of Unions of Municipalities to Respond to Refugees’ and Host Communities’ Needs” funded by UNICEF, UN-Habitat in Lebanon has organized extensive health and protection awareness raising campaigns and activities that to date has targeted 7336 refugees and 7936 people from the host population with the overall aim to reduce health problems through behavioural changes.

UNHCR awareness campaigns address health and protection topics that directly affect the living conditions of host and refugee communities. Awareness campaigns are specifically designed to target audiences and aim at:

  1. Implementing awareness sessions and mass media campaigns in areas of increased refugee presence: Ikleem al-Kharroub, Ghareb al-Aala Chahhar, Sahel Zahrani, Nabatieh and Tyr unions of municipalities;
  2. Increasing knowledge of host communities and refugees on health, food safety and protection issues such as diarrhea/ORS/hand washing, chain of contamination (food, water, open defecation, vector), personal hygiene, water chain storage and treatment, menstrual hygiene, solid waste management.
  3. Increasing skill capacity of health promoters through a Training of Trainers workshop.

All UN-Habitat projects are learning opportunities as cities and neighbourhoods in Lebanon are constantly in flux and security and access always remain an issue. Every project is an opportunity to learn and bring in new partners from national and local governments, agencies, academia or the private sector which always lends to the successful implementation of the project by bringing in new capabilities, perspectives and working together towards building a better urban future in Lebanon.

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