Cash crash: Syria’s economic collapse and the fragmentation of the state

Cash crash: Syria’s economic collapse and the fragmentation of the state 6 July 2020 The Syrian economy is currently witnessing unprecedented volatility. To date, analysts have predominantly focused on the impact this crash has had on Syrian households, which are now facing acute financial pressure as poverty rates climb toward 90 percent, food insecurity skyrockets, […]

The Business of Empowering Women

The business of empowering women: Insights for development programming in Syria 15 May 2020 Executive Summary Changes in household composition due to battlefield deaths, displacement, and military recruitment have meant that many households in Syria have experienced a gendered restructuring, and as a result, have lost significant sources of income. This has led — and […]

Syria after COVID-19: No relief for an ailing economy

Syria after COVID-19: No relief for an ailing economy April 2020 Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Syria was announced on 22 March, major military operations in the country have been frozen, localized clashes have mostly ceased, and large-scale population movements — to include returns and displacement — have halted. Syria’s economic deterioration, however, […]

‘Arrested Development’: Rethinking Local Development in Syria

‘Arrested Development’: Rethinking Local Development in Syria ‘Arrested Development’: Rethinking Local Development in Syria 31 March 2020 Table Of Contents Download PDF Version Executive Summary Since the onset of the Syrian uprising, the Government of Syria has introduced multiple regulatory reforms to reshape its relationship with local communities. Ostensibly, the aim of these measures has […]

What Remains?: A Postmortem Analysis of the Cross-Border Response in Dar’a

What Remains?: A Postmortem Analysis of the Cross-Border Response in Dar’a 27 February 2020 Table Of Contents Download PDF Version Executive Summary This paper examines the post-reconciliation status of the humanitarian and development response in Dar’a governorate following the Government of Syria military takeover; it aims to widen discussions on novel ways in which international […]

Function Over Form: Rethinking Civil Society in Government-held Syria

Function Over Form: Rethinking Civil Society in Government-held Syria 11 February 2020 Table Of Contents Download Report PDF Version Download Annex Purpose This paper, and the assertions within it, were primarily informed by an examination of civil society actors in Syria for the purpose of identifying alternative programmatic opportunities. The conclusions of this research, as […]

Syria in 2020: New Response Challenges to an Evolving Crisis

Syria in 2020: New Response Challenges to an Evolving Crisis 11 January 2020 The Syria crisis is changing, and the international Syria response must change, too. As the period of the conflict defined by rapid military developments draws to an end, response actors are increasingly being forced to contend not with the acute needs created […]