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UN allocates $8 million to support vulnerable Lebanese

Written by Eric Apim on Thursday, September 15th 2022 à 09:30 | Read 220 times

The LHF will help the most needy Lebanese (photo: OCHA/Joseph Matar)
The LHF will help the most needy Lebanese (photo: OCHA/Joseph Matar)
LEBANON. The Humanitarian Fund for Lebanon (LHF) announced on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, the allocation of an $8 million (€8.01 million) envelope to "meet the urgent needs of vulnerable people" in Lebanon. Complementing a previous allocation of $16 million made in June 2022, it will provide "urgent and essential life-saving assistance to all population groups" and improve winter preparedness.

The pooled fund, led by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon and managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will focus its support on ensuring minimum continuity of water services, return to school, and protection for those most in need. "Strong monitoring systems are in place to ensure that assistance reaches the most vulnerable as needed," OCHA says.

The $8 million will prioritize 17 sectoral and multi-sectoral projects in education, child protection, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene in areas of greatest need.
In a statement, the UN said that "more than half of the funding will target Lebanese and the rest will go to migrants, Palestinian refugees and Syrian refugees". 29% of the money will go to local and national non-governmental organizations.

"Avoiding a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation"

"Vulnerable families in Lebanon are affected by insufficient access to water, unaffordable prices for basic commodities, limited access to vital services. They are taking desperate measures to survive, and we must act now to avoid a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation," said Edouard Beigbeder. In a statement, the, Acting Humanitarian Coordinator indicates his appreciation "for the support and confidence of donors in the LHF as a critical funding instrument for a flexible, effective, coordinated response as part of a Lebanon-wide approach."

Since its launch in 2014, the Fund has received more than $146M (€146.04M) to support the delivery of timely and effective humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in Lebanon, regardless of their status. The top five donors in 2022 out of the nine participating in the LHF are Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Canada.

In default since March 2020, Lebanon has been in the grip of a political, economic and social crisis for decades. According to a June 2022 LHF report, 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, in addition to 1.5 million Syrian refugees. The Lebanese government had, at the end of June 2022, when presenting the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2022-2023 (LCRP), threatened to expel Syrian refugees if it did not obtain €3.2bn in international aid.

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