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[Workshop] Psychosocial Response to Vulnerable Population’s Needs in Lebanon: Managing the Transition from a Humanitarian to a Development Approach

  • Starts: Dec 19, 2017
  • Ends: Dec 19, 2017
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • By: Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Context and Rationale


    Over the past six years, nearly 5 million people have fled the conflict in Syria and sought refuge in neighboring countries in the Middle East region such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. This massive exodus is causing multiple traumas (due to the conflict, the exile, the marginalization of the refugees, domestic violence, etc.) which increase the vulnerability of the populations, host and refugee. Addressing these traumas is key for the stability of host countries and for the reconstruction of Syria.


    Humanitarian actors provide an immediate response in the health and education sectors, including psychosocial care. However, as the crisis continues, traumas become embedded and vulnerabilities increase. Furthermore, the sharing of scarce natural resources created tensions between refugees and host population, source of suffering for those last ones. These traumas and suffering require long-term care which raises the question of the involvement of development actors in supporting the provision of psychosocial support in Syria’s neighboring countries. The scale and duration of the Syrian crisis’ effects in Lebanon lead the actors of international assistance to operate a transition from humanitarian to development interventions.




    To address some of these challenges, this stocktaking workshop organized with actors of the psychosocial sector in Lebanon and in neighboring countries aims to identify major issues for future psychosocial programs, and to sketch ways of improvement in field operations or needs coverage, through experience- and perspectives-sharing between Ministries, NGOs, and donors. 




    Agenda (EN,FR)