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 are far-reaching implications of the crisis that threaten Lebanon’s stability. The influx of Syrian refugees has exacerbated long-standing internal sectarian tensions and created new divisions as a result of social and economic strains, a resurgence 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 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.

The program seeks to strengthen the most vulnerable Lebanese host communities by promoting peaceful alternatives to violence and reducing marginalization and isolation of community groups. To counter violent extremist groups, USAID/OTI’s Lebanon Community Resilience Initiative strengthens youth empowerment and civic participation, increases moderate space and supports moderate actors, and counters extremist messaging.

Program Highlights

USAID/OTI has developed a strong network of more than 400 local organizations with detailed knowledge of vulnerable communities. USAID/OTI provides tangible, highly visible activities to build program and partner credibility, gain community trust and quickly demonstrate immediate impact. Illustrative activities include:

  • Youth empowerment in marginalized, conflict-prone communities to reduce vulnerability of recruitment into extremist groups;
  • Joint activities, dialogue forums and public events bringing together diverse community groups to counter sectarian tensions and host community–refugee tensions;
  • Rapid post-conflict rehabilitation of community infrastructure and public spaces to proactively fill power vacuums after the expulsion of extremist groups; and
  • Amplifying the reach and visibility of moderate civic actors in areas infiltrated by extremist groups.


Related Sectors of Work 

Last updated: August 09, 2016

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