Peaceful civil society activists have played an important role since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011.
As the conflict progressed, Syrian activists and civil society organisations became increasingly politically active. They hold the regime accountable and stand up to extremism, terrorism and dictatorship. Their work contributes to social reconciliation, transitional justice and building sustainable peace.
With this project, FES therefore continues to support Syrian CSOs and NGOs in their efforts to build a democratic future for Syria. This includes capacity building initiatives and the provision of training material, as well as technical advice and financial support. As the work of Syrian civil society becomes increasingly decentralised, FES is committed to supporting networking and cooperation between organisations and activists working in different locations and contexts.
Further, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s research programme also seeks to contribute to the establishment of sustainable peace and democracy in Syria. The research will focus on gaining a better understanding of the new realities on the ground, the various governance structures that have emerged and how socio-economic development can be sustainable and contribute to a future based on social justice for all Syrians.