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Sida's work in Syria

Swedish development cooperation with Syria is intended to improve the conditions for peace, contribute to increased security for the country’s citizens and strengthen democracy and respect for human rights and gender equality. Syria is a country under great duress and, since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, almost everything has changed. Millions of people are displaced and the collapse of the country’s economy has seen poverty increase. Sida also provides Syria with humanitarian aid.

Sida’s support in Syria 2021 (neighboring countries not included)

Total development assistance 713895111 SEK, Development cooperation 316048285 SEK, Humanitarian assistance 397846827 SEK.

Progress has been made

Strengthening civil society

Despite the formidable challenge presented by finding space in which to operate, Syrian civil society has grown in strength during the ongoing conflict. Civil society has become an important voice both internationally and locally.

Strengthening the media

Syrian media organisations have strengthened their capacity to report news in a professional and factual manner.

Increased cooperation with neighbouring countries

Cooperation has increased with Turkish and Lebanese municipalities in order to manage access to social services for both host populations and refugees.

Challenges remain

A high level of corruption

Syria’s already endemic corruption is increasing. The country is now ranked 178th out of 180 countries on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).1

Poverty on the rise

The population has very limited opportunities to make a living. One consequence of years of war is that poverty is on the rise.2

Child marriage on the rise

Many Syrian girls and women, both within the country’s borders and in neighbouring countries, are subjected to sexual violence.3 Child marriage is a growing problem.4

Two types of aid in Syria

In Syria, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: May 20, 2021