A decade of dedicated efforts and transformative work in empowering local communities
2022 was a relatively stable year at the level of conflict lines in Syria, besides some changes of control in north Syria and battles between HTS and the Turkish-backed "National Army" forces.
The economic crisis in Syria intensified, as the Syrian Lira collapsed to a new level against the US Dollar. 90 percent of Syrians lived below the poverty line and at least 12 million Syrians out of an estimated remaining population of around 16 million were food insecure, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). More than 600,000 children were chronically malnourished. As for LDSPS, we were completing ten years of transformative work in empowering local communities.
2022 witnessed the following opportunities and challenges for LDSPS inside and outside Syria:
- In NEAC, our strategic partner, the elected Local Council of Turkman Bareh under the Central Council in Akhtarin, had a trained staff capable of managing tasks and also had internal policies, and formed community committees, furthered its communication with the residents and was supported in service provision projects.
- In Greater Idlib, LDSPS was able to expand its reach, fostering meaningful connections. With an unwavering commitment to local empowerment and community engagement, LDSPS was able to forge partnerships with new civil society organizations and initiatives. These partners epitomize dedication to their communities and resonate with our shared values and goals. Together, we envision a collaborative synergy, amplifying our collective impact and fortifying the foundations of sustainable local community empowerment and positive change in the region. These partnerships propel us towards a future brimming with promise and transformational possibilities.
- Work on sectoral cross-regional coordination, across conflict lines, by coordinating various civilian efforts in the "greater Idlib" region in the education sector. Focusing on cooperation and joint strategic objectives, various meetings and workshops with the “stakeholders and implementors took place, and a better governance model was agreed on for the education sector, starting with the greater Idlib region. The model includes different elected structures representing local communities, teachers, parents and education direoctrates. Thanks to the good interaction of various stakeholders, all led to noticeable progress than what was expected. The aimed objective for this platform/higher body to be able to define and set the general policies and objectives of the education sector in the greater Idlib region.