Missing Blocks, The Gaps in Lebanon’s Social Protection System.
Lebanon’s social protection system is exclusionary, discriminatory, and fragmented by design, with various funds available, the largest being the National Social Security Fund (NSSF). Social security is tied to formal employment leaving all individuals in the informal sector with no protection. Moreover, universal healthcare is not available, nor unemployment allowances. With the aim of alleviating poverty, successive governments have relied on social assistance and targeting programmes.
This infographic visualizes the main blocks of the social protection system in Lebanon, bringing to light its structural gaps. A human rights based, life-cycle approach to social security and protection that is universal, inclusive, and sustainable is necessary to achieve social justice in the country.