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Integrated humanitarian and early recovery assistance to help address the Syria crisis

As the Syria crises entered its seventh year, ACTED aims to provide vulnerable conflict-affected populations with rapid emergency response programmes to cover their most immediate needs whilst also providing more recovery-oriented programmes which aim to support the rehabilitation of public infrastructure, shelter and livelihoods, underpinned by overarching governance support. Following ACTED’s re-engagement directly in Syria in 2016, focus has centred on building strong relations with local authorities and host communities for recovery programming to once again establish a strong field presence. These ties are key in ACTED’s emergency response capacity, as they ensure sound humanitarian access.

As the conflict entered its fifth year, the humanitarian needs in Syria continued to rise. In 2016, over 13.5 million people were in need of assistance, of which 6.5 internally displaced people, with daily over 6,000 people being forced out of their homes. 2.3 million people were in need of shelter solutions and a striking 8.7 million were food insecure. Public infrastructure has fallen in disrepair. Furthermore, in the absence of local authorities, at the beginning of the crisis new entities have appeared to fill the void without necessarily having the capacities to take on governing responsibilities. These needs were amplified by the fact that hostilities have escalated in 2016, prompting new displacements and causing additional strains on being able to safely deliver humanitarian programmes.

Humanitarian assistance to cover life-threatening needs

While ACTED develops cost-recovery oriented programming, emergency needs in Syria continues to be a focus for ACTED, with crucial water, hygiene and sanitation services to vulnerable residents of informal settlements along the Turkish border of Idleb governorate that were not supported by any other entities, and by supporting the food security needs in Hasakeh governorate, close to the Iraqi border. For remotely located camps in Northern Syria, ACTED provides winterisation support in the form of fuel and stoves. As resources in the host community are deprived after over six years of conflict, diminishing their capacity to accommodate the needs of incoming displaced persons, ACTED responds to influxes of non-camp displaced people both in Northern and Southern Syria by providing them with emergency in-kind, cash or voucher support for non-food items, fuel, and food.

Recovery programmes to start to make a longer-term contribution

ACTED integrates relief and recovery-oriented strategies by providing immediate life-saving assistance while also supporting a holistic sectoral approach that was reinforced by capacity building of local governance initiatives. ACTED rehabilitates water supply and sewage systems serving over 20,000 people that had fallen into disrepair due to the conflict, while putting in place a successful cost-recovery system. ACTED also supports livelihoods by providing farmers with quality inputs and trainings, and improves the practise of micro enterprise owners by providing them with trainings to increase their business-management capacities. Finally, ACTED supported four local councils with training to improve their capacity to contribute to the early recovery of Syrian society.


Partners in 2016:

Centre de crise et de soutien (CdCS) - French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), Department for International Development (DFID), European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), IMPACT Initiatives, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


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