USAID-supported Blue Mission youth paint murals in their neighborhoods in Saida, South Lebanon. These murals provide an opportunity for youth to interact with each other in a positive community activity. Credit: USAID.
Technical staff inspects the face joints of a dam in Bekaa, Lebanon, through a USAID-funded program. Credit: USAID.
Technical staff inspect the face joints of a dam in Bekaa, Lebanon, through a USAID-funded program.
Youth take part in beach cleaning in Tyre as part of a youth environmental awareness activity. Credit: USAID.
Farmers in the mountains of Lebanon prepare seedlings for the planting season. Credit: USAID.
A small nation of more than 4 million people, Lebanon’s strategic location, the diversity of its citizens, and its entrepreneurial spirit have long made it a center of trade and culture and a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. Since the end of the Civil War in 1990, Lebanon has been working hard, despite continued sectarian strife—and now the crisis in neighboring Syria—to rebuild its physical, social and economic infrastructure.
Lebanon’s economy is largely driven by services, a strong financial sector and, prior to the current crisis in neighboring Syria, tourism. Years of civil war and recurring periods of political unrest pose significant challenges to stability and prosperity. These challenges include growing the economy, improving the public education system, rebuilding national infrastructure, preserving the country’s ecological resources, and strengthening local governance.
U.S. assistance to Lebanon continues to help the country in its revival efforts. USAID engages with partners to help increase access to education, improve water and wastewater services, ensure good governance, enhance academic opportunity, particularly in poor, underserved areas, and protect the environment.
Last updated: August 25, 2014