Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon

Youth RESOLVE: Resilience, Education, Social cohesion, Opportunities for Livelihoods and reduced Violence

10/03/2020 - 13:14
Multisector

The aim of this project is to strengthen youth resilience and empower them as leading actors in post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation and foster social cohesion through social and professional interaction.

Human Rights Youth Resolve

 

Budget: €13.4 million (€3.9 million for Lebanon)
Location: Beirut and Mount Lebanon: Jbail, Jdeideh-Boucherieh- El Sed, Sin el Fil, Chiyah, Borj Hammoud, Nabaa, Ghbeireh, Furn El Chebbek, Kfarhim, Mresti and Baakline
South Lebanon: Chouayya, Tebnine, Kafarroumman, Al-Qsaybah, Saida, Khiam, Sawwaneh, and Sarafand North Lebanon: El Mina (Tripoli) and Koura
Date of project: October 2017 – May 2020
Implementing Partner: World Vision Deutschland (lead), Islamic Relief, Generations for Peace/DPNA, CAFOD/Caritas Lebanon

Vulnerable Lebanese youth and young Syrian refugees face severe barriers when transitioning into adulthood. In their search for a brighter future, they encounter numerous challenges, including political instability, growing pressures on democratic processes, conflict and divisions based on sectarian affiliation, and heightened competition for low-paid jobs and services.

This leaves a majority of Lebanese youth feeling unrecognised as potentially legitimate actors in the democratic process, with many expressing their lack of opportunities to positively engage within their communities. The situation is even worse for Syrian refugees. For them, the loss of dignity by democratic exclusion is further compounded by devastating experiences of violence, displacement, economic disempowerment, family vulnerabilities and discrimination.

As part of its promotion of human rights and youth civic participation, the European Union is committed to reinforce youth’s positive involvement in society. The Youth RESOLVE project came to life as part of this commitment, based on emerging research showing that youth display a remarkable sense of responsibility when offered positive opportunities to develop themselves and improve their community through constructive action.

 

Human Rights Youth Resolve

 

  • Strengthen youth resilience and empower them as leading actors in post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation
  • Foster social cohesion through social and professional interaction

 

Human Rights Youth Resolve

 

  • Vulnerable Lebanese children and youth
  • Syrian youths

 

Human Rights Youth Resolve

 

  • Mobilise and train youth (aged 15-25) and boys and girls (aged 12-14) to implement initiatives that benefit their local communities with a focus on promoting peacebuilding and positive interactions within their community
  • Facilitate peacebuilding activities for youth (aged 15-25) and boys and girls (aged 9-14) to improve relations between host and refugee communities in targeted areas
  • Facilitate youth-led projects to improve community facilities and services
  • Undertake research on the drivers of youth radicalisation to strengthen current and future peacebuilding and social cohesion programming
  • Provide 16 internships for young women and men (aged 18-25) to participate in the preparations for the youth policy roundtables
  • Facilitate youth-led policy roundtables to promote strategic dialogue and youth-voice on issues relevant to young people (aged 18-25) impacted by the Syrian crisis

 

 

  • Youth are empowered to utilise knowledge and opportunities to confidently participate in their country’s economic and social life
  • Tensions between refugee and host communities’ youth and families are reduced due to social cohesion and improved access to services
  • At an individual level, the programme has supported youth to gain independence and openness
  • Youth involved in the activities have gone on to be leaders and key voices in their local communities
  • Diversity of voices represented throughout the programme, including youth of different ages, educations, experiences, genders, nationalities, and life experiences

 

 

  • The project has reached 49,481 direct beneficiaries
  • The establishment of sixteen youth committees across the country which, working alongside their respective municipalities, were able to conduct community needs assessments and implement a variety of Quick Impact Projects (QIP)
  • The implementation of ‘Arts for Peace’ curriculum focusing on videography, music, cartoon drawing and theatre
  • The rehabilitation of a historical building in Old Saida, which was transformed into a community centre in which volunteers provided sessions for children and youth on Psychosocial Support, Active Learning, Parents Awareness and youth capacity building
  • Five youth from Lebanon and Jordan attended the Brussels III Conference on the Future of Syria. This was a key opportunity for the participants to experience advocacy at the international level and present their ideas and recommendations to decision-makers
  • One youth-led policy and advocacy roundtable held at the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon in Beirut, where youth met with decision-makers, engaged in dialogue and advocacy to strengthen youth participation across the country
  • The implementation of peacebuilding Life Skills curriculum in schools
  • The implementation of recreational activities

 

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