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Sida's work in Syria

The long conflict, economic crisis and food shortages have pushed millions of people into poverty. Sida's work in Syria and its neighbouring countries aims to improve the conditions for peace, increase resilience to crises, contribute to increased security for the population and strengthen democracy and respect for human rights. Sida also provides humanitarian aid to alleviate the most urgent needs.

Sida’s support in Syria (neighboring countries not included)

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Progress has been made

Strengthening civil society

Despite continuing major challenges and high risks, Syrian civil society has grown stronger and become an important voice both internationally and locally. They are increasingly contributing to UN-led processes on Syria, for example, and are somewhat more able to influence decisions at the local level.

Challenges remain

90 %

of the population lives in poverty due to economic recession and Covid-19.1 Around 60% of the population has insecure access to food following the collapse of the agricultural and food sectors. The population has little chance of making a living.2

Serious human rights violations

Disappearances, torture, and arbitrary arrests continue. Many girls and women in both Syria and neighbouring countries are subjected to sexual violence. The Covid-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation.3 Child marriage and child labour have become more common.4

Corruption is on the rise

Corruption permeates the whole of society and is on the rise. Syria is ranked 178 out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s latest corruption index.5

Two types of aid in Syria

In Syria and in surrounding countries affected by the war, Sida is engaged in long-term cooperation to improve the situation for the population. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: October 4, 2022