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November 25, 2011
The Palestinian Business Forum discusses the Socio-Economic Situation of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
Read the article posted on Janoubiyyat portal (Arabic .pdf) 

November 21, 2011
2-day Conference titled "Palestinian Refugees: Different Generations but One Identity" organized by the 'Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies' at Birzeit University-scheduled to be held on November 21 & 22, 2011 in Birzeit.
“…The working hypothesis to be tested by the conference is that Palestinian refugees, six decades after the Nakba, continue to share characteristics across geographical borders and socio-economic categories, in complex intellectual, social and psychological ways. They are also by and large subjected to particular conditions with regard to such matters as health, education and labor. These characteristics distinguish them from Palestinian non-refugees…”
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October 31, 2011
A Consultative Meeting on the Palestinian Investment Fund in Lebanon
Read the article posted on Laji-Net (Arabic .pdf) 

October 26, 2011
'Doha Forum on Decent Work and Poverty Reduction' hosted by Doha International Institute for Family and Development (DIFSD)
Read the ILO Opening Address (English .pdf)
Read the Qatar Tribune article (English .pdf)
Read the Gulf Times article (English .pdf) 

October 25, 2011
Re-opening of the Official Lebanese Technical & Vocational Training Center (in Dekwaneh), after its closure for the past six years

October 20, 2011
Release of the
Click to watch the interview with the author of the report, Sara Elder, ILO Economist at the Employment Trends Unit
Read the ILO Report 

October 17, 2011
Ambassador Abdullah discusses with the Lebanese Prime Minister the Status of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
Read WAFA article (Arabic in .pdf) 

October 17, 2011
Main Findings of the 7th edition of the ILO’s “Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)”
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has issued the 7th edition of its flagship “Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)”, covering 18 indicators on employment and decent work with the latest available data for more than 200 countries, areas or territories worldwide. Read the ILO Press Release:
Read Findings (Arabic in .pdf)
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October 14, 2011
Dissemination of the preliminary findings of the study tilted “The Potential of the Palestinian Youth and Young Adults in Lebanon” – CEP/Al-Mustaqbal/As-Safir
Under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Social Affairs, Mr. Wael Abu Faour, and the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Right to Work Campaign (Najdeh Association) organized a roundtable discussion on Thursday October 13, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at the Riviera Hotel, Manara. Researcher Leila Zakharia presented the preliminary findings of the study titled “The Potential of the Palestinian Youth and Young Adults in Lebanon” (funded by the European Union, Diakonia and the Christian Aid) to an audience of concerned stakeholders.
“The study’s findings construct the profile of 522 Palestinian refugee youth and young adults aged 18-29 years, with at least an intermediate education, from 9 refugee camps and several gatherings. It examines the extent to which youth educational and employment characteristics are likely to differ from the overall population, gauges their skills and contribution to family and community, and explores their motivation and attitudes in coping with challenges and obstacles…”
The main preliminary quantitative findings with regard to education and employment intersect with the findings of the 2010 CEP-NPA Analysis Consultancy commissioned to the Consultation and Research Institute (CRI) within the two-phased VET project (Available at The survey’s findings depicted positive indicators Re. progress in educational attainment: “Most Palestinian youth in this study pursued a range of extracurricular activities that contribute to enhancing their social and personal skills…”
As for the August 17 amendment to the Lebanese Labour Law, the survey’s indicators showed that “it was judged as ineffective by 41% of the respondents, but viewed as positive for youth education/employment by 21%. It was considered ‘possibly positive’ by 37%, who felt that it might benefit Palestinians… Relations with Lebanese youth were felt to be unduly affected by official Lebanese policies…” Najdeh Association noted that the Final Version of the Study will be released in 3 weeks.
Read Almustaqbal article (Arabic .pdf)
Read As-Safir article (Arabic .pdf) 

October 12, 2011
Launching of the “Palestinian Investment Fund” at the Palestinian Embassy in Lebanon
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