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.

A moderate, inclusive and stable Syria

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.


Civil war, economic collapse and weak governance have allowed extremists, particularly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to thrive in many parts of Syria. USAID/OTI programming helps groups that want a peaceful and inclusive future stand up and resist extremists by laying the groundwork for a country based on mutual respect for all its citizens. An inclusive and peaceful Syria is necessary for any long-term and durable solution to extremism and the threat of terrorism that faces the United States..


USAID/OTI’s Syria Regional Program (SRP) works closely with trusted and vetted local organizations to implement quick-impact activities that promote an inclusive and stable Syria. By strengthening individuals and groups who are saving lives, meeting basic needs, promoting moderate values and engaging with vulnerable populations, USAID/OTI’s partners serve as a bulwark against extremism. To achieve this goal, USAID/OTI works along three lines of effort:

  • Enable the early recovery of areas liberated from ISIS;
  • Strengthen communities’ ability to resist extremist groups; and
  • Maintain and increase the influence of strategic moderate actors.

To inform programming toward these objectives, USAID/OTI produces original research on trends and developments inside Syria


The following are examples of SRP programming:

  • USAID/OTI supports the rapid restoration of services in communities liberated from ISIS. By restoring electricity and water; repairing roads and removing rubble; and engaging vulnerable populations, SRP assistance fosters the legitimacy of moderate actors and civilians’ sense of normalcy. This approach helps communities recover from ISIS control, which thereby reduces the extremist group’s appeal and the likelihood of its return.  
  • USAID/OTI works with local councils and civil society organizations (CSOs), increasing the influence of moderate actors in strategic areas where extremist groups are vying for control. By helping local councils meet the urgent needs of their communities and promoting the work of CSOs on reconciliation and inclusiveness, USAID/OTI increases community resilience to extremist ideology.
  • USAID/OTI provides support to emergency responders. Over $32 million in assistance to the Syrian Civil Defense (SCD) supports impartial emergency responders. To date, these teams of SCD volunteers have saved over 99,000 lives and emerged as one of the strongest pillars of Syrian civil society, able to amplify the voices within Syria of those who are struggling against extremism and authoritarianism.
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Last updated: February 28, 2018

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