Can microfinance provide economic and social empowerment to refugees ?
On 5th February at 12.00 in Brussels, e-MFP member BRS organises its Microfinance Lunch Break event, focusing on the economic and social empowerment of refugees.
Migrants and refugees have been at the heart of major political, media and civil discussions in recent periods. Due to the increasing and material importance of this phenomenon, ignoring this crisis is no longer possible. The number of forcibly displaced people has been growing worldwide, reaching an estimated 68.5 million people.
Lebanon has traditionally been a refuge for marginalised groups in the region. It has taken in more than one million Syrians that have fled to Lebanon since the civil war in their country. Refugees now make up about 20% of the total population. The impact of this on Lebanese society is considerable: including growing unemployment and poverty, along with a greater pressure on public services and infrastructure.
Ms. Alia Farhat, NFS Manager, Al Majmoua, will give an overall presentation of the refugees situation in Lebanon, with special focus on the access to finance. She will present the challenges and lessons learnt.