Sweden’s Regional Strategy for the Syria Crisis

The aim of the activities within the scope of this strategy is to contribute to strengthening the resilience of the Syrian population and of vulnerable groups in Syria's neighbouring countries that are being severely affected by the conflict. The strategy will also contribute to strengthening democracy and gender equality and to greater respect of human rights in Syria and for refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries. The strategy will apply to the period 2016–2020 and will comprise a total of SEK 1.7 billion. The initiatives encompassed by this strategy are expected to contribute to:

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Strengthened resilience, human security and freedom from violence

With a focus on livelihood opportunities

  • Improved lasting livelihood opportunities for women and men in Syria

  • Improved lasting livelihood opportunities for women and men, including refugees from Syria, who are in a vulnerable situation in neighbouring countries as a result of the Syria crisis

With a focus on increased access to public services

  • Improved access to inclusive and equal basic public services for people in Syria

  • Improved access to inclusive and equal basic public services for people, including refugees from Syria, who are in a vulnerable situation in neighbouring countries as a result of the Syria crisis

With a focus on reduced gender-based violence

  • Gender-based violence is combated and prevented to a greater extent in Syria

  • Gender-based violence is combated and prevented to a greater extent among people, including refugees from Syria, who are in a vulnerable situation in neighbouring countries as a result of the Syria crisis

Strengthened democracy and increased respect for human rights

With a focus on a stronger civil society

  • Strengthening the capacity of Syrian civil society organisations and local structures to conduct advocacy work, participate in dialogue and contribute to peacebuilding and statebuilding

  • Strengthening the capacity of Syrian media organisations to provide independent reporting and to promote democratic development and greater accountability

With a focus on respect for human rights

  • Increased knowledge about human rights, including the rights of the child, and gender equality among Syrian civil society organisations and in Syrian society