The Syrian civil war has displaced six million Syrians, and another five million have spilled into surrounding countries. The international humanitarian and development communities are increasingly supportive of utilizing local civil society organizations (CSOs) so they can reach those in need. However, despite the existence of hundreds of active Syrian-led CSOs who possess unique skills, expertise, and are on the frontlines delivering an estimated 75% of aid, they only receive roughly 0.9% of direct funding.
One of the main barriers preventing more donors and stakeholders from working with Syrian CSOs is limited information on their capacity – how they operate, what they need, and how best to support them.
In an effort to help localize the aid response to the Syria crisis, Building Markets mapped and assessed the capacity of 402 Syrian-led organizations to bring visibility to these critical partners and inform a training program to strengthen their capacity. Many are profiled on this platform. Our full report can be downloaded here. If you have comments, questions, or feedback on this report, please contact us at email@example.com.