Written by:
Sami Zoughaib,
Wassim Maktabi,
Sami Atallah

Successive Lebanese governments have failed throughout the years to adopt a national social protection policy that guarantees basic services, which translated to a fragmented social protection system that suffers from numerous structural flaws, and is leaving an unprecedented gap between the increasing needs and the available resources. This reality created an opportunity for political elites, who have deliberately sabotaged any recovery effort to put the economy on a sustainable track, to prey on people’s vulnerabilities. Lebanon’s aggregate financial and economic crises have severely impacted livelihoods, with more than half of the population currently trapped in poverty while one third is in extreme poverty.

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