Capacity Development Programme Lebanon

The Capacity Development Programme Lebanon (CDPL) contributes to the improvement of future perspectives of refugees and host communities in Lebanon. It also aims to contribute to existing interventions financed or supported by the Dutch government. The CDPL runs in 2017 and 2018.


The Syrian crisis has led to massive migration towards neighbouring countries. Today, there are nearly 4 million refugees outside Syria, mostly in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Since the onset of the crisis in Syria in 2011, Lebanon has been affected in several ways. The magnitude of the crisis has had a dilapidating effect on the already fragile local economy and infrastructure. The country is struggling to accommodate the Syrian refugees, in addition to the more than 400,000 Palestinian refugees who are already in the country.

Local authorities have to deal with the presence of the displaced persons, providing basic services and maintaining social well-being to an increased number of inhabitants, despite the weak financial and technical resources. 

About the programme

In order to respond to this situation and contribute to a long-term improvement of basic facilities like education, employment opportunities and infrastructure, the Dutch government has made extra funds available to support countries neighbouring Syria. Within the Capacity Development Programme Lebanon, local organisations facing constraints that can be solved by training their staff can apply for a tailor-made training together with a Dutch training provider.


The programme has 3 major development objectives: 

  1. Strengthening the capacities of relevant Lebanese organisations and institutions that have come under pressure due to the influx of refugees from Syria;
  2. Building the capacities of Lebanese civil society and community-based organisations in their work on behalf of displaced Syrians and other vulnerable populations;
  3. Building the skills and capacities of Syrian refugees for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Target group

The programme is open to a broad range of organisations in Lebanon, from education institutions and local governmental organisations to NGOs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Training participants must be employees of the requesting organisation.

How to apply

The first call for the Capacity Development Programme Lebanon will be published in September 2017 on our open calls page. Applications must be submitted directly at Nuffic.


We assess all applications against eligibility criteria. We subsequently assess their content using a score sheet. Finally, we prepare a preliminary selection, which is assessed by the Dutch embassy in Lebanon. The eligibility criteria, score sheet and other relevant information will be published on the application page before the publication of the call.

The programme has a limited budget, so only a limited number of applications will be awarded a grant.

Nuffic manages several subsidies and aids to assist refugees and institutions that host refugees, both in the Netherlands and in the region. 

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