Capacity Development Programme Lebanon

Our Capacity Development Programme in Lebanon contributes to the improvement of future perspectives of host communities and refugees in Lebanon.

About the programme

It aims to strengthen the impact of existing Dutch financial interventions for stabilisation in Lebanon.


We have two major development objectives:

  • strengthening the capacities of relevant Lebanese organisations and institutions that have come under pressure due to the influx of refugees from Syria and are involved with the implementation of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP);
  • building the capacities of Lebanese civil society and community-based organisations in their work on behalf of displaced Syrians and other vulnerable beneficiaries.

Priority areas and instruments

Funds are made available for institutional cooperation projects in:

  • primary and secondary education (language barriers, cultural sensitivity and teacher-parent contact, dealing with trauma);
  • agricultural TVET (teacher and management capacity).

Grant applications

Eligibility for grants extends to Dutch institutions for secondary or higher vocational or academic education. Other types of organisations that provide educational training courses and that contribute to the strengthening of the priority areas and sub-themes mentioned under ‘priority areas’ on behalf of a consortium are included. The consortium must include at least one Lebanese beneficiary organisation offering post-secondary education and training, such as education and training institutions, GOs, NGOs, SME’s.

Target group

Our programme is open to a broad range of organisations. We target people within these organisations who have the ability and the position to implement the gained knowledge. They are able to train their colleagues and elevate the capacity of the organisation to a higher level. Eligible participants work in:

  • the primary and secondary education sector in Lebanon as well as the Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training sector;
  • relevant Lebanese organisations and institutions that are involved in the implementation of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP);
  • Lebanese civil society and community-based organisations in their work on behalf of displaced Syrians and other vulnerable beneficiaries.

The programme focuses on local governments, institutions and implementing organisations that face challenges resulting from the influx of refugees. It contributes to better functioning organisations working on stabilisation and resilience.

Submit an application

Check our Open calls page for current calls for proposals.

Awarded Institutional projects 2018

Safe and Sound: Improving the mental health of Syrian refugee children in primary and secondary schools through community and family-based psychosocial support

The American University of Beirut, Maastricht School of Management, Kayany Foundation and Al Maymouna Education cooperate in the implementation of the Safe and Sound project.

A recent study conducted by Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) and CCECS found that almost 70% of children in mobile schools show symptoms indicating mild depression and anxiety disorders. Additional formative research has shown that Syrian refugee children in primary and secondary schools display abnormally high levels of violence as a long-term effect of the trauma and stress they have endured. This violence leads to significant number of school dropouts (fear to go to school) and reduces the general well-being of the children and the communities they live in. The teachers and parents find it difficult to deal with the children's behavior and do not possess the knowledge and skills to manage this effectively.

The Safe and Sound (SaS) project builds the capacity of Kayany Foundation and Al Maymouna Education that provide education to Syrian refugee children in Beqaa, Lebanon, by different types of interventions a.o. training psychosocial experts in a school-based, gender sensitive psychosocial support program, training teachers in dealing with violent behaviour displayed by Syrian refugee children at school, providing psychoeducation to parents (by teachers) as an integrated part of the intervention method.

Duration: 01-11-2018 – 30-11-2019

Budget: € 458.325

Building Vocational Capacity Through Skills Development of Vocational and Non-Formal Teachers

The Lebanese organisation for studies and training (Lost) together with Stichting WarChild Holland are implementing a skills development project for teachers.

Syrian youth need to graduate with both better technical skills and greater proficiency in English as their current lack of these prevents them from finding employment. There is an immediate need to provide training for teachers on the vocational level because there are no formal teacher-training options available. This project trains trainers who will train teachers and uses education in English as a means to teach class-management tools and developing lesson plans. The trainers will be equipped with know-how on conflict resolution and psycho social support. To prevent drop-outs, parents of Syrian students are taken along in the education process.

Duration: 01-10-2018 – 30-09-2019

Budget: € 498.381

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