Regional learning on graduation approach programming: Lessons learned for implementation in Lebanon and the region

Lebanon has been affected by multi-dimensional crises over the last few years, including civil unrest, a deepening economic and financial crisis, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has seen a significant surge in household vulnerabilities and poverty levels for all population groups, but especially among youth and other vulnerable groups. In light of the current crises in Lebanon, it is important for humanitarian actors to strengthen efforts to deliver holistic programming targeted at both refugee and host communities. This focus on holistic programming aims to support communities’ abilities to achieve self-reliance, while also enabling pathways to durable solutions for refugees.

To enhance knowledge on how self-reliance and empowerment can be improved for displacement-affected youth in Lebanon, the Durable Solutions Platform (DSP) has developed this learning brief drawing lessons learned from the region on youth, self-reliance and integrated graduation programming. This brief is part of the Capable, Hopeful, Accepted, Safe and Engaged Youth (CHASE) project, led by DRC Lebanon in partnership with Al Majmoua and Fair Trade Lebanon.

This learning brief focuses on a number of thematic areas within the graduation: namely, the role of integrated programming and mentorship on youth empowerment (mainly through integrating protection components with livelihood interventions), youth access to finance and youth involvement in livelihoods in rural areas.