Next steps of the Follow – up Participatory Assessment Exercise (2016-2017)
From October until November 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and 27 local and international NGOs consulted close to 1,600 refugees and Lebanese across the country in order to better understand the risks they face and identify community capacities to resolve them. The consultations targeted themes of exploitation and abuse, community and household decision-making, and social stability as a cross-cutting theme.
The below outlines the next steps that UNHCR and Humanitarian agencies will consider for 2017 and 2018 based on the findings of the follow-up Participatory Assessment with refugees and Lebanese:
- Advocacy to ensure widest benefit from the waiver of legal residency renewal fees;
- Improve phone hotline, maintain SMS and strengthen systematic outreach to the persons of concern;
- Strengthen and expand engagement of parents, older persons including grandparents, local authorities, local religious leaders and other leaders in the community, to prevent and respond to early marriage and worst forms of child labor.
- Facilitate inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons into existing activities, including health care facilities and community centers;
- Share information and sensitize on sexual exploitation and abuse complaints mechanisms;
- Engage local media to showcase positive examples of social stability;
 Participatory assessments (PAs) are structured dialogues with refugees of all ages and backgrounds which help to better analyse and understand what they face in terms of protection risks, gaps and priorities, as well as identify the root causes and community capacities to resolve them. The PA is an annual exercise. The next one will start in August 2017 onwards.