Category: Policy Articles

يمكن تعريف نماذج اقتصادية محلية تستجيب للحاجة إلى تحويل العمل الإغاثي القصير الأمد، المبني على مشاريع صغيرة للمجتمع المدني السوري، إلى عمل تنموي يعتمد على الاكتفاء الذاتي القابل للتوسع. نقف على مفترق طرق في مشهد سوري، أقل ما يوصف به هو أنه عاصفة شبه مكتملة ومرشحة للازدياد. نبحر كمجتمع من دون منارة أو يابسة تلوح […]

During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 quarantine in Syria, civil society actors raised the alarm towards the drastic increase in “Domestic Violence Against Women-DVAW” incidents reported by women rights activists, this issue has long been debated by civil society and women rights activists as a societal issue. This paper aims to provide a […]

This research explores medium-term approaches toward the refugee response in light of the protracted displacement of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and was conducted by the Durable Solutions Platform (DSP) and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). Led by the DSP and LCPS, the findings and recommendations are based on qualitative data, with an emphasis […]

This policy brief alludes to the key choke points that stemmed from a facilitated dialogue held on the 27th April. During this forum, some 50 newcomers discussed main integration challenges and recommendations as identified by them, and linked to issues of civic engagement, employment, education and personal growth and well-being. The brief further highlights where […]

The traditional land tenure systems in Syria are complex and overlapping, stemming from hundreds of years of evolution in the legal as well the socio-economic conditions of the different communities in the country and the region. Some of these systems were codified progressively in the 20th century while others remained outside the control of the […]

The study firstly concerned the urban realities that prevailed prior to the conflict and their significant transformations during it. Syrian cities were largely affected in recent decades by the acceleration of rural-urban migration. The weakness of regional and urban planning led to the development of large informal areas around the main cities and to the […]

Many international and local actors have persisted in their efforts to define the characteristics of the women movement agendas in Syria. Their goals and ambitions are many, but most of them have revolved around wanting to empower Syrian women and maximize their voices, mainly in regards to women participation in matters related to political and […]

Author: Lea Pakkanen, Felm, The Syrian war has left the EU in a second-tier position among international actors, with little influence over the course of events in Syria. Yet it has fallen to the EU countries to bear the brunt of the war’s humanitarian, economic, and security consequences. The EU’s future role in Syria will be […]

Author:  Maria Chalhoub, Common Space Initiative, On 4 May 2017, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed off on a deal in Astana to implement four de-escalation zones in Syria in the most recent effort to put an end to the violence in some of the most contentious conflict areas. The fact that the agreement was enacted […]

The traditional land tenure systems in the Levant are complex and overlapping, stemming from hundreds of years of evolution in legislative as well as socioeconomic conditions. By the end of the 19th century, the Ottoman authorities moved to codify the land management system and homogenize the legal framework for registering property. The move was mainly […]

Entering its 7th year, the Syrian conflict shows no signs of coming to an end. International stakeholders are nonetheless increasingly debating recovery and reconstruction efforts, signalling a growing focus on the post-agreement era. The Syrian government’s recapture of Aleppo in early December seemed to have particularly contributed to this trend. Though donors insist that reconstruction […]

2017/04/04 Prior to the donor conference to be held in Brussels on April 5 and 6 to discuss responses to the unfolding situations and follow up on last year’s London conference pledges, here are the recommendations of the Syrian civil society as voiced out in Helsinki in January 2017 .   Better link humanitarian assistance […]