As the Syria crisis enters its tenth year, civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict with 11.7 million people in urgent need of live-saving assistance. In 2020, 6.2 million Syrians have been internally displaced often several times, 5.6 million have fled as refugees primarily into neighbouring countries, and large parts of the country have been critically impacted by the conflict leaving thousands without adequate shelters.

Since the outbreak of the war, the country’s economy has been devastated by a paralysing drop in the Syrian currency leading to soaring prices of food, fuel, and other critical items. Food prices are 20 times higher than their pre-conflict levels, leaving an estimated 9.3 million people food insecure. Life remains extremely challenging for displaced people, returnees and host communities due to limited access to basic services and livelihood opportunities, increasing financial hardship and an eroding capacity to cope. All of which have only been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic.


ACTED in Syria

In 2019...

benefitted from ACTED's emergency assistance
shelters rehabilitated
people received emergency shelter, winterization kits and hygiene kits

In Syria, ACTED delivers large-scale emergency responses both in and out-of-camp. ACTED provides multi-sectoral assistance such as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services (including COVID-19 interventions), Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) support, immediate non-food item relief, and regular food assistance.

To better support conflict-affected communities and individuals, ACTED pairs the initial emergency response with resilience-building activities, tailored to the needs of local populations. These include the rehabilitation of critical communal water and productive assets, to support improved access to basic services and the restoration of livelihoods. In complement, ACTED provides assistance for vulnerable households, such as business development support schemes and shelter repairs, to decrease their reliance on humanitarian assistance and enhance their ability to cope with the protracted conflict.

ACTED works closely with local stakeholders to ensure the relevance and sustainability of all assistance provided, putting a particular emphasis on building the capacity of local actors to effectively provide and maintain critical services at community level.

ACTED, 2017
Women participating in livelihoods training in northern Syria
ACTED, 2017
Women participating in livelihoods training in northern Syria
ACTED 2017
A woman, head of household, collecting her fertilizer (distributed by ACTED partners) as part of a home gardening kit programme, Northern Syria
ACTED, 2017
A subcontractor carried out the roof and ceiling repair of one of the 550 houses selected by ACTED for rehabilitation because of their insalubrity