Local Community Empowerment
The Local Development and Small-Projects Support (LDSPS) office completed its 3-years of existence in August 2016.
While the fate of our four colleagues and founding members: Razan Zeitouneh, Samira Al-Khalil, Wael Hamadeh and Nazem Hamady, abducted from their home office in Douma by an unidentified armed group on December 9th 2013, is still unknown, our team has taken a vow to continue the action that we launched together and to develop LDSPS to the level of performance that would make them proud at their liberation.
After stabilizing the activity in 2014, the team of LDSPS with the help of a think-tank of people sharing the values of its founding members, initiated in 2015 a reflection on the vision, mission and strategy of LDSPS based on the analysis of the situation of Syria and the lessons learnt from LDSPS’s operations in its pilot region of Eastern Ghouta (the Eastern part of Rural Damascus). The outcome of this reflection was the Local Community Empowerment (LCE) strategy, in which the previous action of LDSPS in Eastern Ghouta was considered as a stage 1.
During 2016, the implementation of stage 2 of the LCE strategy started. A major step was achieved when LDSPS, as a lead and main party of a Consortium of 3 Syrian NGOs, managed to be the only local organization, among 20 other selected programs lead by International NGOs in other 11 countries, to be selected by the MFA of The Netherlands to run a 3-year program inside of Syria as part of the Addressing Root Causes (ARC) Fund.
This second activity report, gives the outlines of the LCE strategy as well as a description of what has been accomplished until the end of 2016 in terms of projects supported and in terms of capacity building.
In the 16 months covered by this report, LDSPS supported an additional 19 projects and transmitted to the local partners a value of around $1.2M to reach the number of 55 projects supported and a total value of $3.4M passing through LDSPS to fund local initiatives since its creation.
LDSPS is now in its second stage implementing its LCE strategy with the aim of becoming a local community foundation supporting the grassroots values of the Syrian Revolution (Freedom, Dignity and Justice) through the effective work with the local population. While its action continues Eastern Ghouta, LDSPS has started its operations in Western Aleppo Countryside in December 2106. It plans on starting its activities in two other regions inside of Syria in 2017-2018 and reach the total number of 9 regions supported by 2020.
To read the full report Here