SME support program for the Lebanese and Syrian Nationals residing in Tripoli and Zgharta funded by the International.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (BIAT) have agreed to cooperate on the implementation of an SME support project for Lebanese residents and Syrian refugees in Tripoli and Zgharta area. The project is funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
The project’s overall objective is to facilitate self-employment and entrepreneurship for Lebanese and Syrian Nationals in Tripoli and Zgharta through capacitating SME.
The intervention will facilitate the establishment of business partnerships between Syrian and Lebanese entrepreneurs. This is based on the understanding that business partnerships do not present the trade-offs that characterize other livelihood interventions that seek to promote employment, or employability, for Syrian and Lebanese – given the limited amount of available jobs, and especially given negative perceptions towards Syrian refugees, an employment opportunity for a Syrian refugee may fuel discontent from Lebanese job seekers). On the contrary, mixed business partnerships have the potential to create enterprises, and, thus, job opportunities. In parallel, beneficiaries will receive Business development trainings, grants (cash/ in kind) and business coaching to selected Syrians and Lebanese, to strengthen their self-reliance and promote small income generating activities.
The below specific objectives will contribute in reaching the overall goal:
- Identify and provide business training and coaching support to Lebanese and Syrians entrepreneurs and technicians to build their capacity for business planning and management.
- Promote income generation activities (IGA) and improve the ability to generate income between Lebanese and Syrians through providing start up grants to selected candidates
- Promote social cohesion by engaging hosting community with refugees through joint businesses opportunities and positive socio economic interaction