Press Release

Anera Launches Youth Employment in Beirut and Mount Lebanon Project (YEBM)

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September 19, 2023 | Beirut, Lebanon – Anera is thrilled to launch the Youth Employment in Beirut and Mount Lebanon Project (YEBM), with the technical support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Among other activities in different sectors, GIZ’s current portfolio contributes to creating job opportunities, improving the competitiveness of individuals to find or maintain their jobs, and improving economic prospects for the people in the country, focusing on women, youth, and people with disabilities who are the most affected by the crises, as well as MSMEs and startups.

The ‘Youth Employment in Beirut and Mount Lebanon’ project has a specific focus on individuals aged 17 to 35, including women and people with disabilities. Its primary goal is to empower 300 young individuals in Beirut and Mount Lebanon by providing them with market-driven training in the healthcare and hospitality sectors. The project is committed to ensuring that at least 150 of these participants secure job opportunities within 6 months of completing their practical training. Anera recognizes the potential of the hospitality and healthcare sectors, given their substantial job demand, to make a positive impact on the Lebanese economy by stimulating economic growth.

Through previous projects, Anera has trained and placed over 20,000 youth in Lebanon, achieving an 80% employment rate. Last year 1,330 were employed, out of which 350 were employed within the healthcare and hospitality sectors.

“We are thrilled to partner with GIZ on the Youth Employment in Beirut and Mount Lebanon project,” said Samar El Yassir, Lebanon Country Director at Anera. “By leveraging our combined expertise, we aim to create a sustainable impact on the lives of young adults, women, and individuals with disabilities, fostering economic growth and social progress in Lebanon.”

“We believe that a strong economy starts with a diverse and skilled workforce,” commented Carlos Mohr, Head of Project at GIZ. “Through this partnership with Anera, we are committed to empowering individuals in the fields of healthcare and hospitality, thereby contributing to the overall prosperity of the region.”

The Youth Employment in Beirut and Mount Lebanon project is dedicated to advancing the aspirations and potential of young adults, women, and people with disabilities in the region. By promoting a more inclusive and dynamic workforce, the project seeks to bring about positive changes that can contribute to Lebanon’s future.


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Farah Maalouf
Lebanon Communications Manager
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About Anera
Since 1968, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.