The Danish Refugee Council has been operating in Lebanon since September 2004. The focus of the organization shifted over time as the country’s needs changed.
DRC’s main focus in Lebanon at the moment is on providing emergency assistance to refugees from Syria, and on developing the capacities of hosting communities across Lebanon.
In parallel, the organization’s Development Programme conducts livelihood activities with refugees and host communities, and works with migrant domestic workers and women at risk in Lebanon.
The emergency response program, targeted at refugees from Syria, focuses on four sectors of intervention: Protection, Direct Assistance, Shelter, and Community Development.
In line with DRC’s Protection mandate, the overall objective of emergency response is to ensure that refugees and host communities are protected from violence, abuse, and exploitation. DRC Lebanon's protection team work through a community-based approach to build the resilience of vulnerable groups in outreach and centre-based activities in order to empower them to overcome challenges linked to displacement. In addition, DRC provides specialized case management services to survivors of gender-based violence and children at risk.
Under Direct Assistance, DRC Lebanon provides cash and in-kind assistance to newly arriving refugees in Lebanon, and to refugees registered with UNHCR. The in-kind assistance includes food, mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, and baby kits. Cash is distributed through ATM and electronic cards.
In addition, and as part of its winterization programme, DRC assists families living in harsh climatic conditions with fuel cards, thermal blankets, and heating stoves.
The aim of DRC’s Shelter programme in Lebanon is to provide beneficiaries and host communities with a dignified and safe living environment. The shelter team identifies, assesses and rehabilitates preexisting unfinished or uninhabited buildings in collaboration with local actors and authorities.
Upon completion of the rehabilitation process, the Collective Center Management (CCM) team oversees the relocation of households into the centers, ensures the participation of all community groups in its day-to-day activities, and monitors the residents’ access to basic services. This is done in coordination with the Protection team that provides direct assistance and case management to households with specific needs.
DRC’s Community Development programme aims at building capacity with local authorities and civil society, and at developing communities affected by displacement.
The programme includes two components: Community Centers and Community Support Projects.
As of April 2014, DRC Lebanon operates six community centers across Lebanon. The centers provide displaced Syrians and locals with psychosocial support through skills trainings, counseling sessions, awareness classes and recreational activities for adults and children.
Community Support Projects (CSPs) aim at dissipating tensions and reducing pressure on hosting communities in Lebanon. The projects are conceived, planned, and implemented in consultation and coordination with refugees, members of the hosting communities and local actors and authorities. Some of the projects completed so far include the rehabilitation of medical centers, public gardens, public libraries, installation of street-lights, repair of sewage systems, and others.
In parallel to the Emergency Response Programme, DRC maintains its development projects to support Lebanon’s Ministry of Social Affairs, and offer livelihood activities to refugees and host communities.
In partnership with local NGOs, the DRC Development Programme operates five Women’s Resource Centers that target vulnerable women in both local and refugee communities across the country.
The Development Programme also chairs a consortium of local NGOs that advocate for better legal protection for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
As of April 2014, DRC Lebanon employs 572 local and international staff between the main office in Beirut, and the five field offices in Akkar, Tripoli, Baalbek, Zahle, and Tyre.
The Danish Refugee Council is the largest humanitarian organization in Lebanon and is UNHCR’s main implementing partner. DRC is also the largest international NGO partner to the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).
DRC Donors in Lebanon:
European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)
World Food Programme (WFP)
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM)
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
DRC Partners in Lebanon:
Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA)
High Relief Committee (HRC)
and other local NGOs