Funding amount: EUR 2,300,000 Donor: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
through the Italian Agency for
Development Cooperation
Duration: 2022-2024 (2 years) Location: Beirut
Status: Active Number of beneficiaries: 500 persons (100
families) will have better access to safe and
adequate housing | 3,000 persons per
month will have access to a safe and
inclusive public space

This project aims to facilitate the recovery of Beirut through the rehabilitation of residential buildings/damaged households and a strategic public space impacted by the Beirut Port explosion – via an urban recovery approach and building back better, greener and more sustainably. This intervention complements existing projects implemented by diverse stakeholders – including UN- Habitat – to maximize the impact on the geographical location, which is of great importance to the economic recovery of the country.

The project activities focus on areas affected by the explosion, such as Gemmayzeh, Mar Mikhael and Karantina, targeting the Mar Mikhael Train Station which falls under the Directorate General of Railways and Public Transport.

Moreover, the project targets vulnerable populations, specifically female-headed households, refugees and vulnerable Lebanese. Men and women from the affected communities will be engaged in rehabilitation and construction activities, thus contributing to restore their livelihoods.

Nearly 500 individuals (100 families – disaggregated by age, gender,
and disability) in areas affected by the explosion have better access to
safe and adequate housing.

At least 3,000 persons (disaggregated by age, gender, and disability)
per month, from the affected and surrounding communities will have
access to safe and inclusive public space through the rehabilitation of
the existing non-functional old railway station.

UN-Habitat deployed staff to the Municipality of Beirut in the immediate aftermath of the explosion to support in assessing damaged buildings and provide expertise on digitizing the collected data using a simple and intuitive data gathering application and Geographical Information System. This close coordination with the concerned authorities will continue and places UN-Habitat at the heart of the coordination of the shelter/building back better response, thus enabling targeted interventions through the support of partners. This project intends to meet medium-term needs already expressed by national institutions.

The collaboration and coordination with other partners are essential from the onset of the project. This should happen through the Shelter Coordination Structure/System as it will allow for better synergies and will avoid duplication. The engagement of the MoB and the DGA will be crucial to facilitate the approvals process and ensure timely implementation of rehabilitation works.

Human rights
The project adopts a human rights-based approach, ensuring inclusive participation and that no one is left behind, and following the “do no harm” principle. Vulnerability criteria is included in the selection of beneficiaries – which takes into account gender, disability, age and other circumstances that may have an impact on vulnerability.
Gender equality
The project ensures gender balance in the selection and participation of the beneficiaries (through community representatives and groups) measured by the percentage of female beneficiaries targeted in the project’s person-specific indicators. The project covers gender equality cooperatively with (women) individuals and grassroot organisations by providing platforms and opportunities for women to be heard in local urban development and the global urban agenda, where possible.
Children, youth and the elderly
The project puts the youth in the forefront of change at the local level, where possible, as a catalyst to more meaningful representation and decision making in the future, acknowledging the critical role they play in the rebuilding efforts. This is achieved through the engagement of the youth in skill development and cash for work opportunities, which ensures livelihood opportunities and positively impacts the overall stability of the affected/targeted communities.
The project includes the identification of persons with disabilities residing in the target area and mainstreaming their needs through dialogues that highlight the risks and challenges faced in the city. The project thus ensures inclusivity through the provision of accessibility features for persons with disabilities in the targeted locations.

Related Sustainable Development Goals

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Donors and partners

  • Municipality of Beirut (MoB)/Governor of Beirut (GoB)
  • Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA)
  • Directorate General of Railways and Public Transport
  • Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA), Beirut

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