Employment generation until October 2022

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

  • Workers = 18,661
  • Workdays = 684,197
  • Jobs = 9,008
  • Women = 22%
  • Syrian = 52%
  • family members benefitting=93,305

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 20 infrastructure projects in 55 municipalities. Interventions which were selected based on priority and labour generation potential.

  • 30 km agricultural roads construction in Tal Abbas, Kfaraaka, East Zahle, Marjayoun and Mairouba
  • 25 km irrigation network in Deir el Ahmar
  • 2 vegetable markets in Zgharta and Al Qaa
  • 4 km pedestrian networks in Jbeil, Ghobeiry and ElMina and Marjayoun
  • 3 km storm water drains in Kfaraaka and Mazboud
  • 2 km retaining walls construction in Bcharre and Marjayoun
  • 90km road maintenance in and around Saida, Zahle and Jbeil districts

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