OTI Lebanon
Lebanese youth work together to strengthen civic activism.

Strengthening social cohesion by mitigating tension in areas most affected by the Syrian crisis.

Why USAID/OTI is in Lebanon

Lebanon hosts over 1.2 million Syrian refugees. While the international community has focused on responding to the humanitarian challenges of this massive influx, there is recognition that simply providing humanitarian assistance will not address the main challenges to Lebanon’s stability.

Lebanon's geopolitical importance is such that numerous conflicts have traversed the country for decades. The influx of Syrian refugees has exacerbated long-standing internal sectarian tensions and created new divisions as a result of resource strains, reactivation of historical resentment against the Syrian presence in Lebanon, fears of prolonged demographic imbalances, and the incursion of violent extremist groups into Lebanon.

USAID/OTI’S Role in Lebanon 

The goal of the new USAID/OTI program is to strengthen resilience in Lebanese communities by mitigating rising sectarian and host community-refugee tensions and countering the influence of violent extremist groups.

These objectives will be achieved by increasing connectedness between community groups; strengthening local mechanisms to resolve conflicts, countering stereotypes, incitement to violence and misinformation; and strengthening youth empowerment and participation. USAID/OTI provides a quick-response capability within the USAID/Lebanon Mission’s portfolio to address localized explosions of conflict and is a central piece in the U.S. Government’s response to the crisis.

Program Highlights

Over its years in the country, USAID/OTI has developed a strong network of grassroots organizations with detailed knowledge of vulnerable communities. USAID/OTI addresses immediate resource needs through tangible, highly visible activities to build program and partner credibility, gain community trust and quickly demonstrate immediate impact. Illustrative activities include:

  • Creation of joint Lebanese, Syrian and Municipality committees to address tensions and resource strain;
  • Emergency response including provision of non-food items, rehabilitation of schools and cleanup of damaged commercial areas and public spaces; and
  • Education and rehabilitation activities to reduce resource strain and engage at-risk youth.






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Last updated: April 22, 2015

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