Employment generation until October 2023

Jobs generated = number of jobs generated with a duration of at least 40 worker days/person.

  • Workers = 21,694
  • Workdays = 836,515
  • Jobs = 11,516
  • Women = 21%
  • Syrian = 52%
  • family members benefitting=108,470

Economic Impact Study

An ad hoc economic impact assessment of three infrastructure projects (irrigation network in Deir al Ahmar-Baalbeck; a water reservoir in Hammana; agricultural roads in Tal Abbas-Akkar) implemented during the first two phases of EIIP gave the following results:

  • Overall, stakeholders reported a great satisfaction with the outcomes of the projects in terms of effectiveness, quality, and supervision and follow-up by the ILO.
  • In addition to the job creation facet of the projects (including 17% women employment),infrastructure has improved in the targeted villages and the local communities (farmers and residents) have benefited from income increase and/or cost decrease depending on the project, among other benefits (access to water, access to irrigation, increased agriculture production, variability of crops, improvement of agriculture conditions, increased economic activity as most of the equipment and material were bought from inside the villages, etc.)
  • Moreover, in Tal Abbas and Deir el Ahmar, the number of agriculturally exploited plots and the overall agriculturally exploited area have increased, and additional crops started growing as a result of the implementation of the projects in their regions. Cost reductions were reported as well in these two regions.
  • In Hammana, prior to the project, the majority of the households in Hammana suffered from service water interruptions/shortage which led to reducing their usage. Almost all respondents agreed that the project improved their households’ water supply compared to the period before the project’s implementation. The quality of the service water has also been improved.

Hiya Tabni

ILO in partnership with UNDP has complemented EIIP infrastructure projects with specific “Activities to increase women involvement in the Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme in Lebanon”.

  • Hiya Tabni included training of women on topics linked to community outreach as well as infrastructure related activities through which decent work opportunities were generated targeting women and specifically those who head households.
  • Women involved in these activities were paid the same minimum daily rate offered on the EIIP infrastructure sites, and activities were designed to offer work/training opportunities for women for two months on a rolling basis.  
  • The project was implemented by two NGOs, Renee Mouawad Foundation (RMF) and ACTED.
  • Project locations were in the North (Kfaraaka, Bcharre & Mina), Mount Lebanon (Aley– Bsous, Mayrouba, Jbeil – Annaya), Bekaa (Tarchich, Riyak & Al-Qaa), and the South (Saida, Nabatieh & Marjayoun).
  • Activities included apple and olive harvesting, landscaping, garden rehabilitation, as well as road maintenance.
  • Overall, more than 700 Lebanese and Syrian women were involved in the project, generating more than 24,000 worker days, and 536 jobs.

Completed infrastructure

EIIP has completed more than 40 infrastructure projects in over 80 municipalities. Interventions which were selected based on priority, vulnerability assessment, and labour generation potential. Below a highlight of what has been achieved so far since the launch of EIIP Lebanon;

  • A water reservoir in Hammana;
  • Vegetable markets in Zgharta and al Qaa;
  • 1.7Km of retaining walls in Bcharre;
  • 54 km of agricultural roads and 26 km of irrigation networks in many areas in Lebanon;
  • Rehabilitated Municipal Police Buildings in Beirut;
  • Rehabilitated 620km of the Lebanon Mountain Trail inc. development of new side trails;
  • Rehabilitated and maintained 280 km of roads all over the country  including spot improvement activities;
  • Constructed 4.3 km of storm water drainage systems in Mazboud and Aley;
  • Constructed and rehabilitated the waterfront in el Mina;
  • Constructed public toilets and street medians in Tripoli and constructed 7 km of sidewalks;
  • Completed Forest management activities and activities in response to covid 19 (agricultural interventions, support to MSMEs) and empowering women in construction;
  • As a direct response to the Beirut Blast of 2020, worked on rubble clearing; and later rehabilitated the Municipal police building and Customs building in Beirut as well as constructed a pedestrian network in Karantina;
  • Constructed a School block in Mhamara;
  • Rehabilitated Cultural centre in Nabatieh;
  • 4 SDCs rehabilitated; in Haouch el Oumara, Yohmor, Arab Salim, and Rahbe;
  • Constructed Sidewalks in Qab Elias;
  • 800 farmers throughout the country were supported through farm infrastructural development.

Capacity building and training

The EIIP builds capacity of both private and public sector to plan and implement EIPs. Awareness sessions are organised for public officials while private contractors undergo training in LRBT and Decent Work Principles. The LRBT Certificate is a pre-requisite to participate in an EIIP Tender. Orientation sessions are also offered to external agencies on the Social Safeguards Framework.

  • Training Needs Assessment
  • Training Material
  • > 140 private companies trained in LRBT and Decent Work
  • > 20 Public officials have participated in awareness sessions on the EIIP approach
  • > 30Municipal officials including mayors and technical staff have been trained
  • Training provided to external clients including World Bank, CDR, UNICEF, UNRWA, CARE etc.

Survey results and impact

EIIP has carried out a number of studies and surveys to measure impact and to learn lessons to improve implementation and future project design. Below are some of the highlights from Workers and Perception Survey 2021.

  • 87%were either unemployed or in search for a job opportunity
  • Majority responded that the wages provided on the EIIP projects are appropriate
  • Majority stated that the project had a positive spill over effect on the surrounding community
  • 75%of the women on the project perceived the skills they acquired on the EIIP helpful to land better jobs in the future

Guidelines and surveys

The EIIP has developed several guidelines for use in the programme and for use by other actors, and carried out a number of studies and surveys to measure impact and to learn lessons to improve implementation and future project design. See Publications page.

  • EIP Guideline
  • Environmental and Social Safeguards Frameworks
  • COVID19 EIIP Lebanon Guideline
  • Workers and Perception Survey
  • Employment Impact Survey
  • Simple Economic Assessments
  • Trainee Tracer Survey