Empowerment of youth at risk through job creation programme in areas of tension

The project seeks to mitigate the risk of violent conflict through socio-economic development and peacebuilding.

While Lebanon has moved along a path of economic recovery since the end of the civil war, the situation in the Palestinian refugee camps has moved in the opposite direction: one of cumulative decline. This, together with the continued presence of arms has left Palestinians exposed to increasing risks of instability. Palestinian refugee youth in particular are left with few prospects for a better future. Many are frustrated, disillusioned and see no purpose in continuing their education in the absence of opportunities to work afterwards.

The Palestinian question in Lebanon is not simply a pressing humanitarian concern, but also has important security implications. Through the Immediate Response Facility Programme, UNRWA, UNICEF and the ILO aim to engage Palestine refugee youths in selected high-impact projects that stabilize their socio-economic environment. By encouraging the transition from joblessness to long-term employment, the project will enable Palestinian refugees to gain decent livelihoods and become self-reliant.

The project seeks to mitigate the risk of violent conflict through socio-economic development and peacebuilding, in particular it aims to:

• Empower youth through the provision of skills training and a comprehensive job creation programme. The socio-economic inclusion of Palestinian refugees will reduce tensions and mutual grievances between Lebanese and Palestinian communities.
• Foster an enabling political environment by improving the information available on the Lebanese labour market, and by assessing the policy options that are available for providing social protection to Palestinians in Lebanon.

• Carry out vocational training courses.
• Establish a youth empowerment and job creation programme and micro-credit facilities.
• Collect and analyze data on the Palestinian labour force.
• Improve the information available on the demand-side of the Lebanese labour market.

• The economy and immediate peace dividends are revitalized.
• Youth empowerment and job creation programmes are incorporated in government ministries to overcome persistent unemployment that poses a threat to stability.
• Improved employability of Palestinian refugees.
• Increased access to job and self-employment opportunities.
• The information gap on the labour market supply and demand concerning Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is addressed.
• Cost and feasibility of providing social protection to Palestinians in Lebanon is assessed.