Development cooperation , 20.04.2015

Syria Initiative: Support to peacebuilding in Syria


The war in Syria has entered its fifth year and it has expanded from a civic uprising to and pan-regional, largely sectarian proxy war whose humanitarian price is beyond words. The Syrian state has largely collapsed. Finland has supported the Syria Initiative run by the Common Space Initiative (CSI) and Finnish Evangelic-Lutheran Mission (FELM) since August 2014. The pilot phase has showed good results and the initiative has achieved an important position in the Syrian peace building architecture. The second phase aims in supporting peace building structures both inside Syria locally, nationally and internationally. In practical terms this is achieved by supporting existing peace networks, “peace assets” and their initiatives and projects inside Syria, documenting and facilitating different tracks of dialogue processes and by establishing real, inclusive peace alliances through local and international advocacy work. The funding for the second phase is for three years (5/2015 – 4/2018) amounting 3.748.1999 Euros, which makes Syria Initiative currently the largest Finnish-funded operative peace building project. Norway is also contributing with smaller amount. Both donors are part of the steering board of the project. The annual disbursements of ca. 1,25 Meur are approved subject to adequate reporting and planning for the next year. Before the war Syria was a Middle-Income Country: now more than half of the population lives in absolute poverty. Project is operating in very high risk environment, which is taken into account in the project document and monitoring.

Funding decision  20.04.2015

3 748 199 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution 70%
  • Democratic participation and civil society 30%

Funding channel

  • Suomen Lähetysseura ry
  • Muu INGO



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