BEIRUT: Lebanon received a grand total of $1.68 billion in international funding in 2017, including $309.6 million carried over from 2016 by implementing partners, according to a report released by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon.
The bulk of the funding emanated from Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP), which generated a total of $1.24 billion amid the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, with donors pledging around $650 million committed for 2018 and beyond
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Philippe Lazzarini, commended the strong solidarity with Lebanon, as this support provides access to safe water to more than 1.3 million individuals, support more than 870,000 people to buy food in local shops and markets, and enroll more than 400,000 children in public schools.
Yet Lazzarini called for continued efforts as “the situation is gradually eroding, and humanitarian and development needs are growing: 76% of Syrian refugee households live below the poverty line and more than 50% of Syrian households live in extreme poverty. And we should not forget that 1.5 million Lebanese live below the poverty line,” he said.
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