Resilience programme (support for Lebanon as a host country)

The refugee crisis has put an immense strain on Lebanon’s basic infrastructure and service delivery mechanisms. Economic growth has decreased and poverty rates among both Lebanese and Syrians have risen. In order to support Lebanon in coping with the consequences of the Syrian crisis, including the influx of about one million Syrians, the Dutch government has made approximately €50 million available annually.

Improving prospects

The Netherlands supports programmes that are aimed at strengthening the Lebanese social infrastructure and improving prospects for both Lebanese and Syrians alike. These projects focus on youth, business development, agriculture, water and municipal cooperation.

  • The Netherlands supports innovative ideas in the field of agriculture and agrofood. 
  • The Netherlands increases prospects for Lebanese and Syrian youth through vocational training programmes.
  • The Netherlands helps small and medium-sized enterprises expand their business and create jobs.

Our projects

UNDP – Local Host Communities Support Programme

This programme is aimed at building the capacity of national and local actors in providing services to populations in crisis areas. Furthermore, the programme reduces tensions between host communities and refugees. The programme provides municipalities with basic services and as a result, livelihoods and economic opportunities are increased.


In order to innovate the agrifood sector and create employment opportunities, this initiative supports start-ups that use technological solutions for the agrifood sector.

Support to the Lebanese Agricultural Research Center

In cooperation with the René Moawad Foundation, the Netherlands suppors the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute that helps farmers to improve the quality and increase their production.

Support to the Economic and Social Fund for Development

Under this program loans from a guaranteed fund will be granted to more than 170 small and medium-sized enterprises and counselling to 270 small and medium-sized enterprises to expand their businesses and create new jobs. Hereby the prospects of Syrian refugees and the host communities in areas most affected by the crisis will improve.