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The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: Empowering Youth to Serve as Agents of Change

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Mar 13, 2017 / 0 Comments
Lebanon’s National Volunteer Service Program

There was silence in the room. No one seemed to want to speak up. I asked again: “what are the most important challenges that you face every day?” Suba, a young woman in her early 20s living in Tripoli, one of the regions with the highest poverty levels and concentration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, finally raised her hand and said: “We are unemployed and have no access to basic services."


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Rene Leon Solano

Rene Leon-Solano is a senior social protection specialist in the Social Protection & Labor Global Practice of the World Bank. He works on issues related to labor markets and social assistance in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), with a special focus on post-revolution Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon. As the youth co-coordinator of the World Bank in MENA, he is in charge of overseeing the youth agenda in the region. He is the task team leader of several lending and technical assistance operations, and has authored various journal articles and reports on employment services and active labor market programs. Before joining the World Bank in 2010, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States, where he designed, implemented, and supervised loans and grants in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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