Vulnerable Groups in Lebanon Cite Health as Top Financial Challenge


Refugees and host communities in Lebanon are faced with high levels of financial exclusion, a situation that is usually made worse by health-related shocks.  

A 2019, study by the World Bank Group and CGAP found that these communities tend to rely on informal mechanisms to manage irregular cash-flows, such as converting cash to gold, borrowing from family and friends, and saving through informal groups.  

A combination of economic shocks and health-related shocks leaves many vulnerable. 

CGAP sees a key role for the financial inclusion community especially in facilitating cooperation between government authorities and the private sector to offer services to refugees and low-income households in host communities. 

On the other hand, CGAP also argues that donors can also facilitate linkages between the public and private sectors.  

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