- SECURITY, RECONSTRUCTION AND PEACE
- SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been supporting German-Lebanese cooperation for more than 20 years. Currently 43 national and 32 international employees, one integrated specialist and seven development workers are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018).
Economic, religious and political conflicts have occurred frequently in Lebanon since the 1970s, the latter greatly curtailing the Government’s capacities to act. As a consequence, Lebanon’s development progress has been slow, jobs are in short supply, and the delivery of public services such as waste disposal is poor or non-existent. Furthermore, following the outbreak of war in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon has taken in more than one million refugees in a very short time – a major challenge for a country with a population of just 4.8 million.
Germany is supporting reconstruction and – in conjunction with the recovery assistance provided by the international community – is promoting the broad-scale restoration of stability in Lebanon. As part of its response to the ongoing crisis in Syria and the large numbers of refugees and displaced persons in the region, the German Government has further expanded its support for Lebanon.
GIZ’s projects in Lebanon focus on:
- Education: Refurbishing schools, improving the learning environment in state schools with Lebanese and Syrian students
- Employment: Increasing jobseekers’ employability and enhancing the effectiveness of the Lebanese labour market
- Water: Improving the lives of Syrian families and host communities in Lebanon by upgrading the water supply.
In addition, in partnership with the Civil Peace Service (CPS), GIZ supports projects that promote interreligious and intercultural exchange and civil conflict transformation. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ also implements projects which expand the range of psychosocial support services and strengthen social participation by Palestinian refugees and their organisations in Lebanon. These projects are delivered in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Another GIZ project promotes women’s economic, social and political participation in Lebanon and neighbouring countries.