Both Lebanese and Syrian refugee youth alike are crucial stakeholders in safeguarding civil peace in Lebanon.
Surveys reveal that the youth are perceived both as the social group most prone to conflict but also as most invested in positive social change. The contribution, whether positive or negative, is largely determined by the opportunities afforded (or not) to youth to advance their lives through economic, education, and civic engagement opportunities.
While recognizing that some tensions may exist between Lebanese and Syrian youth in the project locations – including due to perceived competition over jobs – the project’s approach in coupling peacebuilding activities with livelihoods opportunities seeks to directly address this primary source of tension.
Building on their capacities for peace while empowering youth to seek livelihood opportunities towards a better future is thus critical for maintaining social stability in Lebanon. While different communities view the risks facing youth slightly differently, there is broad recognition (by youth and communities, more broadly) of the positive contribution youth can make to their community, whether it be through economic activity or community engagement. This project will seek to broaden the opportunities for youth to engage and contribute in both these dimensions.