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Due to the lack of sufficient infrastructures in health and education and lack of recreational activities, the Union of Municipalities of Middle Bekaa established several institutions to mitigate tensions caused by the high number of refugees and tough economic conditions
Lead Authority or Organization: Union of Municipalities of Middle Bekaa
Area: Union of Municipalities of Middle Bekaa, Mekseh, Lebanon
Beneficiaries: Lebanese and Syrians
Timeline: June 2016 – ongoing
Human Resources: 1 project manager, 4 project coordinators, 3 project advisors, 1 construction engineer, 1 administration officer, 1 logistics officer, 1 data management officer
The Union of Municipalities of Middle Bekaa and its seven Municipalities (Qabb Elias, Bouarij, Anjar, Majdal Anjar, Bar Elias, Mekseh, Marijat) are concerned with guaranteeing equal services to the Lebanese host community and Syrian refugees to meet their needs and contrast economic, social, and educational disparities in a context with a high unemployment rate.
There are approximately 63,000 Syrian refugees in Qabb Elias; 23,000 in Majdal Anjar; 20,000 in Bar Elias; 19,000 in Anjar; 4,500 in Mekseh; 700 in Bouarij; and 400 in Marijat. These municipalities all experience poverty, lack of sufficient income, unemployment, increased consumption of natural resources, competition over jobs, polarization of social services and subsidies, and absence of data concerning their distribution. Most of these municipalities also suffer from the lack of necessary supplies to meet emergency needs, lack of funding, and insufficient budget allocation for the education sector. Children and younger generations are the most affected and deprived of their right to affordable, quality education. Moreover, the lack of recreational, cultural, and educational places for youth sometimes creates tensions within families.
In order to face those challenges, the Union of Municipalities of Middle Bekaa established:
Evidence and Beneficiary Feedback
According to the Union of Municipalities, the project received positive feedback from Syrians. However, the quality of services received was not sufficient for the local population.
Challenges and Risks
Key Ingredients of Success