WASHPlus: Gender-specific, eco-friendly, inclusive solutions

Contract partner: ÖRK - Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz Country: Libanon Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2023 End: 31.05.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal

The Project aims to contribute to safeguarding lives and enhancing dignity of crisis-affected Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities.

Expected results

Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities impacted by the multi-faceted crisis have met their essential WASH needs and have improved living-conditions through gender-specific, environmentally friendly and inclusive solutions.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Total direct benefits are 5,190 individuals. 18,960 indirect beneficiaries are estimated to be reached.

Location: Northern Lebanon: Baalbek-Hermel Governorate; Akkar Governorate; North Governorate.


- Lebanese and Syrian students (girls and boys) have improved access to safe, gender-sensitive and inclusive water and sanitation facilities in schools and knowledge on hygiene practices, thereby enhancing educational opportunities;

- Syrian refugees living in informal tented settlements (ITS) have increased access to safe water and sanitation facilities and knowledge on hygiene practices, thereby enhancing well-being and disease prevention;

- Empowerment of women and girls through comprehensive and inclusive menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in schools and ITS, fostering their dignity and participation in society;

- Water needs of vulnerable host community population are met through environmentally friendly an sustainable solutions, contributing to reduced social tensions;

- Enhanced capacity of the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) to respond to a rapid onset emergency through implementation of the crisis modifier.



Lebanon continues to host approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees, making it the largest per capita rate of refugees in the world. Since 2019, Lebanon has faced a series of political, economic, and social crises that have severely impacted the country. The cholera outbreak in autumn 2022 came as another crisis further weakening public services and highlighting the country’s water infrastructure being on the verge of almost total collapse. The devaluation of the Lebanese pound has led to a thirteen-fold increase in the cost of water provisioning since 2019. Multiple underlying factors present significant challenges to accessing water, affecting its quantity, accessibility, safety, and affordability, having detrimental consequences, including the outbreak of waterborne diseases. Nearly 2.8 million people face significant difficulties in accessing safe water for drinking and domestic use as well as adequate sanitation facilities. WASH needs have increased by at least 25 per cent compared to early 2022, having significant implications particularly for women and girls facing constraints regarding menstrual hygiene related needs. LRC and AutRC seek to minimize the vulnerability of communities to WASH-related diseases, thereby safeguarding their dignity, well-being and overall health and contributing to reduced water-related inter- and intra-communal tensions.

project number 2450-03/2023
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Reproductive health: 1, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 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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  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.