Improving livelihoods for women and young people

Project description

Title: Local Development Programme for Urban Areas in North Lebanon (UDP_NL)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Cofinanced by: European Union
Country: Lebanon​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA)
Overall term: 2017 to 2023



The governorate of North Lebanon is characterised by low economic growth, high unemployment and the highest poverty rates in the country. Women and young people are particularly affected. In view of the economic crisis that has taken hold of the country since 2019, there are few opportunities for them. Moreover, the large number of Syrian refugees is leading to competition for public services and on the labour market for unskilled workers.

The unfavourable socio-economic situation and lack of opportunities for personal development, especially among younger population groups, are exacerbating social tensions between communities and creating a breeding ground for conflict.



The socio-economic conditions for young people and women in disadvantaged urban areas of North Lebanon have improved.



The programme implements measures to promote income and employment, supports the development of infrastructure, and strengthens relations between ethnic and religious communities. At the same time, it contributes to equal access for women, to which end it works in close collaboration with municipalities and local partner organisations, while also getting the general public involved. In addition, it supports selected partner organisations in developing organisational capabilities and management skills.

Aiming to improve relations between the various ethnic and religious communities, the project brings together young people through events in the areas of sports, culture and conflict transformation. In doing so, it not only promotes athletic ability and creative skills, but helps impart life skills to those involved.

The project is part of a campaign to boost employment in the Middle East, under the special initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on tackling the root causes of displacement and reintegrating refugees. In this way, BMZ contributes towards creating social and economic opportunities. The project is cofinanced by the European Union.

Last update: March 2022