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Building the capacity for governance in communities across Syria

Tamkeen enabled communities to plan, budget, procure and oversee the delivery of key services

Tamkeen, meaning empowerment in Arabic, was a UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and EU programme designed to build the governance capacities of local communities through the participatory delivery of services in opposition-controlled Syria.

Tamkeen provided grants to each of 36 communities per six-month cycle, and convened temporary community committees to plan, budget, procure, and implement basic services projects funded by the grants. These Tamkeen Committees, which were made up of members of emerging governance structures, members of civil society groups, and other community stakeholders, used a standardised and transparent planning and procurement procedure that met international best-practice standards.

Project info



  • 2013-2016



  • UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)

Basic services projects to be funded were chosen by the communities themselves via service delivery packages with associated model budgets in Education, Health, Livelihoods, Food Security and Infrastructure. TCs then developed project proposals with fully costed budgets in cooperation with our sector experts.

From 2013 to 2016, Tamkeen supported over 100 education-specific projects across the country, benefitting over 450,000 Syrians. The programme trained over 1000 teachers, provided stipends or salaries to almost 2000 teachers, and trained over 4000 women. It also rehabilitated or equipped 171 schools and 13 teacher training centres and renovated 284 classrooms.

In addition, it helped set up learning and resource centres for women, provided psychosocial support for children, supported coordination and education management, home learning and alternative education delivery, and youth vocational training.

Over 1.7 million Syrians are now benefiting from improved local governance and public services

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