SDG 11.4.7: IUL works with local authorities to address planning issues/development, including ensuring that local residents are able to access affordable housing

Lebanon hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees in the region. UNHCR estimates that over one million refugees currently reside in Lebanon, in addition to at least 50,000 Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS). 

UNHCR, UNHabitat, and with the support of the Islamic University of Lebanon conducted an assessment of housing, land, and property (HLP) issues related to the Syrian refugee crisis. This report reviews the impact of the crisis in four specific areas: (i) shelter options available to refugees; (ii) HLP rights of refugees and host communities; (iii) housing and property markets; and (iv) land-use, particularly in heavily impacted cities and towns, but also in rural areas. The purpose of this research study is to inform humanitarian and government entities and help in designing policies, planning decisions, and programs so as to ensure that refugees and vulnerable Lebanese families have access to safe, affordable, and adequate shelter. 

In this study, the Islamic University of Lebanon participated in search of guarantee that local residents can access affordable housing and have a better quality of life.