Lebanon’s Growing Humanitarian Crisis
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).