Lebanon, a country of 6 million, hosts around 1,5 million displaced Syrians, Lebanon continues to host the highest number of displaced persons per capita in the world. The protracted Syria crisis has significantly affected Lebanon’s social stability and economic growth, causing tensions, poverty and humanitarian needs, while pre-existing development constraints in the country have been exacerbated. The lack of access to basic social services, protection and livelihood opportunities, among the displaced population and the host community, has increased the vulnerabilities of already-impoverished families.
Protection of children, women and other vulnerable populations, both Lebanese and refugees, has been at stake in Lebanon for years. Child labour remains a concern, with nearly 7 % of Syrian refugee children aged 5 to 17 reportedly working, and 2 to 6 % among the most vulnerable Lebanese. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains one of the main protection concerns affecting Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian women and girls.
Qudra in Lebanon, aims to strengthen existing national protection systems and address the needs of all those affected by the r-protracted crisis and its impact on the Lebanese community. This includes fostering a favourable protection environment where rights are respected and fulfilled through;
1. Strengthening service delivery capacity and local and national protection systems
Qudra 2 will support Ministry of Social Affairs at national, regional and local levels (Support Development Centres – SDCs) in further development of the New Strategic Plan for child protection (CP) and gender-based violence (GBV) aiming at girls, boys and women at risk and survivors of violence, exploiation and abuse have access to an improved and equitable prevention and response.
2. Promoting protection measures for the self-development and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults
Qudra 2 will provide primary and secondary prevention (awareness sessions and psychosocial support – PSS) and tertiary prevention (case management). Programme will consolidate the protection/ CP activities implemented under Qudra 1 in the 8 selected SDCs and increase their outreach to enhance the resilience and wellbeing of vulnerable populations with focus on children and women, both Lebanese and Syrians, as well as will ensure protection of vulnerable individuals, especially people at risk of SGBV, persons with specific needs, disabled, youth, single mother, children and elderlies.