Building self-reliance and resilience of local affected communities to cope with the Syrian crisis

This project was managed directly from the DCA Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The main objective of this action was to increase the resilience and protection, and build self-reliance of Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) and vulnerable host families living in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Saida and Tyre-South Lebanon.

DANIDA Lebanon

 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019

Total amount
DKK 2,000,000

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA)

Project Description
DANIDA provided DKK 2,000,000 to DCA Headquarters with the aim of saving lives by securing job placements for Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) and vulnerable host families living in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Saida and Tyre, South Lebanon. This would be achieved by distributing tools that contributed to generate income, running businesses for PRS families and providing socio-economic and protection services. It was the overall objective that the project will increase the resilience and protection and build self-reliance of PRS households and vulnerable host families living in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Saida and Tyre, South Lebanon. This project was managed directly from the DCA Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Palestinian refugees do not enjoy the same rights as Lebanese and other foreigners or their rights as refugees under international conventions. Palestinians are dependent on UNRWA and other NGOs for most aspects of their life due to their inability to access public (Lebanese) education, public health and social services. While allowed the freedom to move throughout the country, Palestinians often face entry and exit controls to the camps. Palestinians are prohibited from legally acquiring, transferring or inheriting property in Lebanon. They are prevented from making repairs to their homes because the entry of building materials into Palestinian refugee camps is prohibited.  

Palestinians are not permitted to work in the public sector and in thirty-six specified professions. This includes professional jobs such as medicine, law and engineering, as well as other skilled and semi-skilled jobs such as farming and fishery, and public transportation. Palestinians are, however, allowed to work in these professions inside the twelve camps.   

The Government of Lebanon has emphasized the need “to intensify efforts geared to support job creation for the most deprived communities, including refugees”. Other assessments further show that young people are enthusiastic about career guidance and vocational training, which matches the demands of the market, in areas such as computing, handicrafts, program management, agriculture, construction, welding, hairdressing, painting, carpentry, and car mechanics.  


DCA is grateful for its collaboration with:

Association Najdeh