Project profile — Expanding the Social Safety Net


WFP - World Food Programme (41140)
2021-02-05 - 2025-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Lebanon (100.00%)


• Multi-sector/General environmental protection: Household food security programmes (43072) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to enhance food security and the social safety net for the most vulnerable Lebanese families impacted by the explosions in Beirut. It will also help address the economic crisis for those who can no longer meet their daily food needs. Project activities include: (1) providing monthly food assistance to families via a food e-card; and (2) providing technical assistance to enhance governance and gender-sensitivity of Lebanon’s national social assistance program.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: 1) Maintained or improved consumption of sufficient, nutritious foods by vulnerable Lebanese households, including female headed households; 2) Enhanced responsiveness of the national social assistance program to the needs of vulnerable Lebanese households, including female headed households.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2022 include: (1) provided 64,000 households (356,163 individuals -180,642 women, 175,521 men) cash assistance for food via Lebanon’s National Poverty Targeting Program. This led to an increase in beneficiaries’ economic capacity to consume sufficient, nutritious food, from 14.6% in 2020 to 25.2% in 2022; and (2) provided 534 staff members of the Ministry of Social Affairs (447 women and 87 men) training on identifying and responding to gender and protection issues. This included conducting a national Poverty Targeting Program gender study to enhance the program’s responsiveness to the needs of vulnerable households, particularly women-headed households.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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