EED10 Years Supporting Democracy


Hermel Sport and Culture Centre | Lebanon © Makram Halabi
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Date modified: 9 October 2020

In a country ravaged by years of conflict, the resilience of civil society remains high, even if the operational environment remains severely restricted. Syrian-led civil society organisations operating from neighbouring countries (Lebanon and Turkey in particular) also continue to struggle faced with increased restrictions, leading to operational challenges.

EED approach and added value

  • Enable civil society in Syria and neighbouring countries to keep engaging with local communities and play a role in their society
  • Support for civil society groups that have been forcibly displaced either inside Syria or in neighbouring countries and that are eager to continue their struggle for democratic change
  • Assist Syrian-led initiatives to develop capacity of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

Examples of supported initiatives

  • Organisations that seek to foster civic engagement of local communities including on local governance, justice, or citizenship issues
  • Initiatives focusing on alternative media and the arts as means of communicating the values of democracy
  • Initiatives addressing youth, women, and women’s rights, in particular among refugee populations


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