Transforming National Dialogue for the Development of an Inclusive National SP System for Lebanon
The programme brief description
The lack of an inclusive national Social Protection (SP) system in Lebanon and significantly underdeveloped social assistance and social insurance programmes, are a major barrier to achieving the SDGs, as well as poverty and vulnerability. This is especially critical at a time when the country embarks on major social and economic transformation, 1 in 4 Lebanese live in poverty, and growth from humanitarian SP to more systemic support is crucial. Lebanon’s Joint Programme aims to establish a strengthened national Social Protection system, that is inclusive, integrated, rights based, efficient and effective, with a specific emphasis on gender and persons with disabilities. The SDG Fund Joint Programme to develop inclusive and integrated SP for Lebanon aims at supporting the Government of Lebanon to develop a national SP system through the development of a national SP policy and transformation of the country’s two main, existing SP programmes – the National Poverty targeting Programme and the national Social Security Fund. The programme aims to be evidence-based according to vulnerabilities across the life- cycle, introduce gender-responsiveness to the dialogue, promote access for people with disabilities, and create opportunities for participation and broader consultation.
The programme aims to be evidence-based according to vulnerabilities across the life- cycle, introduce gender-responsiveness to the dialogue, promote access for people with disabilities, and create opportunities for participation and broader consultation. The Programme takes a human rights approach by attempting to shift the national understanding on SP from a charity or needs-based dialogue to a rights-based one. Furthermore, the programme aims to operationalize the Leaving No One Behind agenda by ensuring that upcoming surveys are used to identify the poorest and most vulnerable in Lebanon, specifically focusing on gender, youth and those with disabilities.
Women, persons with disabilities, older persons.
UNICEF, WFP, ILO, UN Women, UNDP
Ministry of Social Affairs