The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development is a Lebanese Non-Governmental Organization that was established in 1979 by martyr PM Rafik Hariri. In its early days of inception, the foundation focused primarily on the educational sector, reaching out and providing financial support for nearly 34,000 students; thus, rendering investing in people is investing in Lebanon’s future.
Whilst such a focus constituted a direct response to the needs of the war-afflicted population, the foundation has since expanded its scope of work, shifting towards a more diversified portfolio of interventions aimed at attaining a sustainable state of human development. To-date, the foundation has implemented over 200 projects that are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in partnership with more than 90 local, regional and international partners. The foundation currently works across five programs, including Education, Good Governance & State Building, Socio-Economic Development, and Crisis Response.
Working within a Public-Private-Civil Society partnership framework, the foundation believes in the correlation between adopting a participatory approach to development and the sustainability of initiatives undertaken, as such a methodology is best suited for aggregating, reconciling, and creating synergies amongst various interventions that tackle the challenges imposed by the rising trend of urbanization.