Syria

Emergency repsonders clear rubble
Emergency responders clear rubble with Syria Regional Program-provided heavy machinery following a regime attack in Maaret Nouman, Idleb, in November 2014.
USAID

Supporting Syrians who are struggling for a future Syria based on democratic governance and respect for human rights.

 

Five crucial kilometers of main roads in Saqba are repaired with support from the Syria Regional Program, connecting citizens to
Five crucial kilometers of main roads in Saqba are repaired with support from the Syria Regional Program, connecting citizens to markets and children to schools.
USAID

WHY USAID/OTI IS IN SYRIA

Across Syria, nearly 500,000 civilians have died and another 12 million have been displaced due to five years of active fighting. The past year has witnessed direct military involvement by Russia to bolster the Assad regime; stalled peace negotiations; a tenuous negotiated ceasefire; and the negotiated surrender of two besieged, opposition-held cities. The moderate opposition represents a critical bulwark against extremism and the original values of the peaceful Syrian revolution: tolerance, democracy and basic human rights. With renewed military support the regime and Russia are decimating the moderate opposition.

USAID/OTI’S ROLE IN SYRIA

The USAID/OTI Syria Regional Program (SRP) helps moderate Syrian voices and institutions remain relevant and influential in their communities, in order to play an active role in shaping Syria’s future. In partnership with local, Syrian organizations, USAID/OTI:

  • Strengthens moderate voices representing the Syrian people;
  • Strengthens the authority and influence of moderate Syrian institutions; and
  • Enables moderate civilian entities to establish a presence in areas newly liberated from extremist groups.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

SRP provides assistance to moderate civilian entities at the national, provincial and local levels. All activities include robust outreach components to amplify the efforts of moderate actors and strengthen public support for moderate values. Illustrative examples of SRP programming impacts include the following:

  • Increasing popular support for moderate actors and values in Syria. Assistance to moderate local actors to provide basic municipal services including keeping schools and hospitals open, electricity and water flowing, and trash and rubble off the streets.
  • Saving lives through support to emergency responders. More than $23 million in assistance to civil defense teams supports impartial emergency responders. To date, Syrian emergency responders have saved over 60,000 lives.
  • Preserving moderate space and deterring extremist influence. Assistance helps moderate actors remain relevant and maintain moderate space, to resist extremists’ efforts to expand their influence by reaping the reputational benefits of service delivery.

 

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Last updated: November 03, 2016

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