Preventing Conflict at its Roots in Lebanon .

Peace, Stability, and Transition | Stabilization and Transition Assistance | Economic Growth and Trade
Middle East and North Africa

Community Support Program

Project Dates: August 2018 - August 2025
Tensions in Lebanon are mounting over resources and livelihoods. Service delivery and financial resources can prevent escalation.

Despite advances in rebuilding Lebanon’s physical, social, and economic infrastructure, many Lebanese citizens experience inadequate access to public services and economic opportunities. The Syrian conflict has placed additional strain on communities, reducing cross-border trade and bringing an estimated 1.5 million refugees to Lebanon. Host-community fatigue and tensions over resources and livelihoods are mounting.

In response, USAID’s Community Support Program (CSP) in Lebanon mitigates sources of tension, strengthens the delivery of essential services, and improves economic opportunities in underserved and vulnerable communities. In doing so, CSP reduces tensions that contribute to conflict in Lebanon’s North, South, and Beqaa governorates. CSP provides both stabilization and development support, addressing the former with rapid response activities that meet immediate needs and the latter with medium- to long-term activities. The program also provides technical assistance and capacity building to municipalities and other local partners to sustain these interventions.

By collaborating with municipalities and communities to mobilize resources and respond to urgent needs, Lebanon CSP reduces and prevents tensions resulting from unmet basic needs and lack of opportunities in Lebanon.

Project Goals

  • Improve lives and reduce tensions in vulnerable communities through better service delivery and enhanced economic opportunities
  • Mitigate sources of community tension while strengthening essential services
  • Ensure sustainability through targeted technical assistance and capacity building
  • Improve employment opportunities and labor skills through partnerships
  • Identify, design, and build sustainable wastewater infrastructure that mitigates pollution

USAID’s Community Support Program Equips Saidoun Agricultural Cooperative for Success

USAID’s Community Support Program (CSP) in Lebanon provided the Saidoun agricultural cooperative with equipment to reduce costs and enhance harvesting techniques.

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