The Humanitarian Group for Social Development (HGSD), a non-governmental non-profit organization based in Lebanon, was founded in 1993 and registered under No-DA-327. We are a small, independent policy-advocacy and relief NGO taking a rights-based approach towards poverty eradication and environmental protection.
Since its foundation, the organization has been devoted to work on two issues: eradication of poverty and restoring a balanced environment, without any discrimination in terms of race, gender, religious or political affiliation.
We believe that the rules of global trade are tweaked in the favour of the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and the environment. Therefore we work towards a sustainable trading system that advances economic justice, social well-being, gender equality and ecological sustainability which provide decent jobs and the necessary goods and services for all people.
In Lebanon we aim to impact trade policy so the voices of the poor and most marginalized are taken into account by forcing spaces of transparency in order to hold decision makers accountable. In this way we hope to help ensure food sovereignty, protect the productive sectors in Lebanon and keep basic services public.