Syria’s 8-year war has brought destruction to the country, its society and its economy and left it divided and devoid of roughly a quarter of its pre-war population with roughly a further quarter displaced.
The Assad government and its backers may be close to winning the war but the pathways to peace and reconstruction remain far from clear.
For the five years to 2018 ASI acted to provide basic services, repair and strengthen local governance, and restore safety and security in areas of Syria held by the opposition. We worked on behalf of seven governments (Canada, Denmark, the EU, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the US) who funded five substantial programmes for stability and government services, and to bolster the moderate Syrian opposition against the twin threats of extremism and the Assad regime. Our involvement continued through our support to civil society and accountable government and our analysis of models of reconstruction when the opportunity arises.