Response to the Syria Crisis

The Syrian crisis has devastated the country, setting back development gains by decades and resulting in immense human suffering. The crisis has affected its entire sub-region in multiple ways and continues to threaten development and stability in neighboring countries. The conflict had a negative impact on sub-regional trade and neighboring economies, and the influx of Syrian refugees created tremendous challenges in neighboring countries, especially on the delivery of basic social services. More

A Resilience Based Development Response

With no sign of a political resolution on the immediate horizon, the Syria crisis demands a response unlike any other. UNDP has promoted the adoption by the UN family and the international community of a resilience-based development approach that coherently captures humanitarian and development interventions in a single framework for a more comprehensive and sustainable response.More

Resilience Building: In Response to the Syria Crisis

The Syria Crisis is the largest political, humanitarian and development challenge of our time. UNDP has been at the forefront of new initiatives, working with national and international partners and across the UN System to bring about a shift in approach towards building resilience by addressing the humanitarian and development aspects of the crisis at the same time, in a coordinated fashion, through sustainable and nationally-led responses. A major milestone in this shift is coming soon as the UN launches and prepares to implement the Syria Response Plan (SRP) for 2015 as well as the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2015-2016.more

Our Stories

“The renovation made by UNDP to this market encouraged people from all over the villages to visit it which increased our income. We are 15 members in this family and we all live out of this business” – Abed al Rehman Alsayed Issa – 26 year- old Syrian living in Lebanon since 2013.more 

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Workers undertake the renovation of a Roman well in Syria. Photo: UNDP Syria

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Projects & Initiatives

  • The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) represents a strategic shift in the response to the Syria Crisis. It is an innovative approach that effectively. It is an innovative approach that effectively harnesses the capacities, knowledge and resources of humanitarian and development partners to create a durable and multi-faceted resilience-based response to the Syria crisis. The 3RP is a global first for the UN in the terms of its response to crises. It is an inclusive model for delivering an effective and coordinated response which addresses, through national plans, immediate vulnerabilities, strengthens social cohesion, and builds the resilience of people, communities and national systems. This model may be applicable in other complex and protracted crises, similar to the Syria crisis. more 

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