Contribution to UNHCR's activities in support of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Contract partner: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Libanon Funding amount: € 1.000.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2023 End: 31.12.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

The programme will help to assist vulnerable refugees in Lebanon affected by the socioeconomic crisis with vital protection and humanitarian assistance, focussing on the provision of Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) and secondary and tertiary healthcare.

Expected results

R1: Refugees are more self-reliant and can decide for themselves how

to best utilize the funds.

R2: Refugees have access to critical medical care improving the health situation of refugees amidst Lebanon's deteriorating living conditions, and preventing families from falling further into debt or engaging in harmful coping mechanisms.

Target group / Beneficiaries

With the Austrian contribution of EUR 1 Mio., UNHRC will be able to reach around 2,667 Syrian refugees. The total number of beneficiaries the whole programme aims to reach is 1,403,700 Syrian refugees. The activities will be implemented together with following local implementing partners: Caritas Lebanon; Makhzoumi Foundation; Social, Humanitarian, Economical Intervention for Local Development (SHEILD).


UNHCR’s Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) programme aims to support severely and highly vulnerable refugee families who are already struggling to meet their basic needs. It aims to reduce their protection risks and having to resort to harmful coping strategies such as exploitation, child labour, or early marriage. The MPCA programme is therefore planned to provide 1,000,000 LBP, corresponding

to approximately 22 USD per family, for a period of two months for highly vulnerable families that are eligible for the cash assistance.

Families can withdraw cash from any ATM in Lebanon and purchase the goods and services they need most according to their prioritization.

UNHCR’s healthcare interventions are designed to address refugees’ immediate health needs, while also supporting the local health system through contributions (cost recovery) to ensure continuity of services. Within the context of UNHCR’s referral healthcare programme in Lebanon, this project aims to cover most costs for hospital care for life-threatening health emergencies and obstetric care for women related to childbirth. UNHCR’s support to refugee secondary and tertiary healthcare enables the Lebanese health system to sustain services for all patients since the sector has greatly suffered from the effects of the depreciating national currency. Current fuel shortages are causing

most hospitals to operate at a limited capacity. ADA funding will provide critical support that will contribute to the ability of hospitals to

conduct life-saving operations.


Lebanon continues to host the largest refugee population per capita globally, with an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees, including close to 825,100 Syrians and around 12,000 refugees and asylum-seekers of other nationalities registered with UNHCR (as of October 2022). The protracted nature of the refugee situation, coupled with the impact of

the economic and financial crisis and COVID-19, has led to an exponential rise in extreme poverty and increased protection risks, with food insecurity on the rise among all population groups.

The preliminary findings of the 2022 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR), show a continuing sharp decline in living conditions for all Syrian refugees, with even the most basic needs being out of reach for most. Currently, 90 per cent of Syrian refugee families are in need of humanitarian assistance to survive.

project number 2694-01/2023
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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