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Lebanon’s Growing Humanitarian Crisis

November 16, 2021 • 9:00 – 10:15 am EST

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In the face of shortages of electricity, fuel, medicines, and food, Lebanon’s new government plans cash transfers to the poorest Lebanese, accompanied by subsidy reform. Talks are also beginning with the IMF on a bailout. Even so, conditions are worsening and sectarian violence has erupted on the streets of Beirut. 

As donors look ahead to the spring’s scheduled parliamentary elections, they will seek to alleviate suffering without reinforcing the patronage networks at the center of much of Lebanon’s dysfunction. What tools should donors look to? What should donors not do? How should the widespread desire inside and outside of Lebanon to improve governance inform aid efforts? 

Please join the CSIS Middle East Program and Humanitarian Agenda for a discussion on humanitarian aspects of Lebanon’s current crisis. 

This event was made possible through the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Event Partners

Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Jacob Kurtzer
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Humanitarian Agenda
Will Todman
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Middle East Program

Sally Abi Khalil

Middle East and North Africa Director, Oxfam International

Haneen Sayed

Lead Social Protection and Jobs Specialist for the Middle East, World Bank

Georges Kettaneh

Secretary General, Lebanese Red Cross

Maha Yahya

Director, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center