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ITALIAN AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATIONLebanon and SyriaBeirut Office

AGENZIA ITALIANA PER LA COOPERAZIONE ALLO SVILUPPO  - Libano e Siria - Sede di Beirut | – ITALIAN AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION - Lebanon and Syria - Beirut Office Ambasciata d'Italia a Beirut European Union Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Lebanon

Economic and Local Development

Economic and Local Development

The economic development represents the most efficient instrument used for fighting against poverty and unemployment. The growth of the economic sector, allows to meet the needs for social services as well as for infrastructure, and at the same time promoting the improvement of the public sphere. At different levels and through multi-sector projects, the Italian Cooperation is taking actions aiming to improve the access to employment and to vocational training opportunities for youth.

In parallel, the Italian Cooperation implements projects in the local sector to support the municipal authorities providing them with instruments to achieve integrity and efficiency for fulfilling their important primary needs. The Syrian crisis made the situation harder. In the absence of official refugee camps, the local communities had to integrate the refugees within the society based on the strong connections existing between Syrian and Lebanese families, especially at the border line. The population in some villages doubled during the last two years which created a considerable pressure on infrastructure and basic services. The policies to support the process of decentralization, backed by different donors (such as the European Union) were discussed several times with the Lebanese partners, with the aim of promoting programs of direct assistance to municipalities largely affected by the Syrian crisis.