Peace Building in Syria
HAD designed, developed and delivered a set of training programmes that responded to the basic needs of local charity organisations that are on the front line of the Syrian Crisis. In order to maximize their effectiveness and efficiency in responding to the growing needs resulting from the on-going conflict in Syria. One of our key programmes was Peace Building, this programme focuses on ways conflict can be resolved and provides participants with the tools that can be used to facilitate a meaningful resolution. The course raises participants’ understanding of the background to conflict and the contribution they can make to either calming or escalating a confrontation.
Rebuilding the community and helping Syria regain its former beauty and stability will be a key role for Syrian NGOs following the devastation wrecked by the seemingly endless war. However, religious, sectarian and even geographical divides have served to exacerbate tensions between the Syrian people. Due to the conflicts between Syrian civilians as well as the central government, it has been difficult to extend operations to other parts of the country. Currently, Syria has a declared population of around 19 million people. Its population is mainly Sunni Muslim, but there are also Alawite, Shia, Druze and Ismaili minorities, as well as a small Christian population. Peace in Syria appears to be unsustainable due to the numerous dimensions to the conflict between the regime and the people.
HAD is worked to empower and strengthen the local NGOs responding to the Syrian crisis (CSO) in Turkey Iraq and Lebanon so that they can prepare for the rebuilding process. The purpose of our peacebuilding training is to reach those communities that have been affected by disasters. We ensure the strengthening of communities in such areas by increasing the capacity of locals NGO’s and Responders. With the goal of sustainable peace for Syria, HAD’s training aims to equip NGO’s with an understanding of how to embed conflict sensitive programming to all their operations.
Though Syrian locals and NGOs are creating a difference, Syrian women are inspiring examples of fortitude and resilience, playing crucial roles in conflict resolution, humanitarian response and peacebuilding. Despite efforts to neglect and reject their voices on an international level, their resilience to ensure they are heard is crucial for their country’s future. According to the UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, evidence shows that when women are leading the way and influencing the peacebuilding process, the higher the prospect of a successful outcome.
The participants of the training emphasised the importance of its scope for both individuals and organisations encountering conflict, including conflict between organisations operating in the same places. Beyond emergency humanitarian aid, the training has enabled them to recognise and plan for their responsibilities post-conflict. From learning how to better coordinate activities within Syria to the importance of inter-group cooperation for the preservation of rights and dignity – the sharing of the knowledge acquired with the rest of the organisation is high on the agenda for the trainees. A common sentiment was the practical solutions proposed through the training for issues of conflict – this contrasted significantly to previous training the participants had completed, which put more emphasis on the theoretical. HAD’s practical approach, they felt, would be easier to put into practice and implement through projects.
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