Syria Country Programme
The aim of the Syria Country Programme is to address, support and facilitate post-war transition processes at community-level in Syria and to support Syrian professionals to become key-actors in their field of expertise and actively contribute to the long-term transition process in the country. The team is working on strengthening local communities and civil society’s capacities to cope with the very fluid and conflict driven environment in the region.
The Syria Country Programme Team will use the full spectrum of PATRIR’s operational capabilities from research to training, peace operations, awareness raising, mobilization, and building of multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to prevent violence, to build collaborative spaces and initiatives to address conflicts constructively, and to strengthen the development of sustainable and standing infrastructure for peace within each community.
The projects implemented are part of PATRIR’s global mission to transform the way the world deals with conflicts, working from the local to the global levels in partnership with communities, countries, and national and international organisations to make peacebuilding the basis for sustainable peace.
PATRIR in Syria has a double-track approach: on one side it aims to develop the professional capacities of those individuals showing commitment, qualifications and relevant work experiences to contribute to peacebuilding within Syria. On the other hand, the team aims to prepare the citizens, via trainings, mentoring, etc. to the post-war conditions.
This approach has been chosen, because PATRIR, together with its partners, strongly believes that an effective post-conflict transition requires a comprehensive undertaking, hence involving local stakeholders. This means that it must be oriented to an integrated multi-stakeholder approach including both private profiles, but also local public.
The projects will also take into duly consideration the social dynamics, whether ethnic, religious or other identity components, because we have ascertained that they have a significant impact on the effectiveness of transition. Additionally, also dynamics and inter-connections with the surrounding countries must also be taken into account.
The overall objective is to support the transition process towards a peaceful, democratic and inclusive Syria. Whereas, the more specific objective will focus on empowering committed, skilled Syrian professionals – including in-country, exile and returnee citizens – to become key actors in their field of expertise and actively contribute to the peacebuilding process in their country.
- Syrian Professionals:
- working locally in Syria,
- already active from outside Syria and/or
- willing to resume their professional activity.
All the selected candidates will benefit from a tailored support that will start soon after the completion of their training sessions. This part of the project will see the implementation of networking, distance mentoring, coordination and knowledge management to foster continuous learning processes and to support their professional activities on the ground.
This programme has three main phases. The first phase involves preparing a need assessment. The second phase involves the selection of participant trainees and the implementation of training units. Finally the third phase will focus on the Mentorship/Follow-up of the candidates’ needs/projects.
This programme is strictly relying on the potential of the Syrian professionals, hence the team will pay particular attention to develop a solid merit-based recruitment process.
- Support key-actors to hold an active role in the current Syrian context;
- Improvement of local Syrian professional’s skills to better cope with in-war and post-war transition challenges;
- The selected Syrian professionals will upgrade their work towards a transition-wise and transition-sensitive performance that will strongly contribute to the recovery of the local society;
- Another major expected result is the establishment of follow-up, knowledge management and networking mechanisms supporting the Syrian professionals in order for them to undertake effective sustainable performance on the ground.