Community Support Program
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.