On-the-Ground Reports

The Anera on-the-ground series is designed to add a humanitarian voice to the story of life in the Middle East. With data from Anera's professional staff, people who live and work in the communities they serve, and with over 50 years of experience in the region, Anera has a unique opportunity to build a fuller understanding of what life is like for families struggling to survive within an atmosphere of severe political strife and daily turmoil.

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Addressing Period Poverty: Challenges and Solutions in Lebanon, Gaza and Beyond

This report examines the severe impact of period poverty on women and girls in Lebanon and Gaza. In Lebanon, menstrual product prices have surged by 500% since 2019, forcing many women to use unsanitary alternatives, worsening health risks and social stigma. In Gaza, ongoing conflict has intensified the crisis, leaving many women without access to basic menstrual hygiene products and facilities, leading to severe physical and mental health issues.

Front cover of Anera's on-the-ground report called: Educating for the Future -- Educational Programs Can Stimulate Positive Action on Climate Change in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan

Educating for the Future: Educational Programs Can Stimulate Positive Action on Climate Change in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan

This report focuses on climate-change education and youth activism, which have been proven to positively impact communities by improving knowledge and promoting pro-environmental behaviors.

Anera's on-the-ground report about the Gaza water crisis

Before the Taps Run Dry: Responding to Gaza’s Existential Water Crisis

Looking at the deteriorating conditions of water, sanitation and wastewater management in Gaza, and the efforts by the Gazan people, together with some international actors, to forestall the further degradation of living standards in the region.

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The Tech Ecosystem in Palestine: Challenges and Opportunities in the Palestinian Information and Communication Technology Sector

Anera conducted this assessment of the tech ecosystem in Palestine to inform our career accelerator program strategy and to provide a resource for other actors working on programs in the same space.

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COVID-19 in Palestine: A Lockdown Within a Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is a scourge that spares no society, rich or poor. Palestine is no exception. But Palestine’s precarious situation makes treating the virus and stemming its spread much more difficult. Inadequate healthcare, water and sanitation infrastructure, and resources limit Palestine’s ability to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


Rebuilding Beirut: The World Responds After Blasts Rock Lebanon's Capital

The explosions that hit Beirut on August 4, 2020, ripped through the city and caused widespread damage and carnage. Emergency rescue operations and non-profits mobilized and deployed quickly, providing immediate and ongoing humanitarian relief. In this report, we detail the impact of the explosions in Beirut, coming on top of an economic collapse and COVID-19.

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Youth Dreams Deferred: Lebanon's Biggest Population Has Few Options

The situation for youth in Lebanon and their ability to secure a good education and fulfilling livelihoods is at a crisis level. They are the biggest demographic in the country but they have long been the most underserved, exploited and marginalized age group. This reality goes a long way to explaining why Lebanon is now experiencing such turmoil.

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U.S. Funding Cuts to Palestine: The Impact on Programs and People

In an abrupt end to nearly 50 years of bipartisan support for Palestinian assistance, on August 24, 2018, the U.S. administration announced it was pulling the $200 million in budgeted bilateral aid to Palestinians for the fiscal year. This assistance, administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implemented by U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations, including Anera.


Rebuilding Gaza: An Overview of Humanitarian and Reconstruction Needs

For 51 days in the summer of 2014, Gaza experienced what is described as the worst destruction and displacement since the start of the Israeli occupation in 1967. One year later, there are few signs of rebuilding.


Early Childhood Development in the West Bank and Gaza

Serious deficiencies in the quality of and access to programs and services stand in the way for many West Bank and Gaza preschoolers at their most important developmental phase of life.

Anera's 2013 report about Palestinian refugees from Syria who sought refuge in Lebanon.

Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

Palestinian refugees from Syria living in Lebanon are one of the most vulnerable sub-population affected by the crisis. They live in extremely bleak conditions and are often overlooked by the international community.


Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Caught in the middle of an unsettled political conflict beyond their control, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon manage to survive with limited resources in a restricted legal, economic and social system.


Water in the West Bank and Gaza

Water experts warn that availability of this precious resource in 2050 will be half of what it is today, not enough to meet the needs of a population that is growing at an average of three percent a year.


Agriculture in the West Bank and Gaza

From drier and drier seasons to ever-changing political obstacles farming families of the West Bank and Gaza face major challenges to their way of life and their livelihoods, but they are responding every day with resilience and creativity.