Syria


Within swisspeace's regional program focusing on the Middle East, the Foundation has developed expertise on Syria through research, conferences, trainings and process support.

swisspeace and NOREF have been implementing partners of the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria. We facilitate the participation of civil society in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva through the Civil Society Support Room (CSSR) located at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The main objective of the CSSR is to render the peace process more inclusive. More specifically, it seeks to strengthen the participation and contributions of Syrian civil society actors to the official talks by facilitating discussion and dialogue, providing on-site support, access to expertise, and technical support. Further, it supports Syrian civil society actors in communicating with their constituencies, in feeding their views back into the official talks, as well as in informing Syrians outside of the Geneva negotiations about the discussions.

Latest Activities and Publications

Project funded by NVO-WOTRO, 2016-2017

Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria

Final Report: Download.


Mazen Gharibah, Bahjat Hajjar, Leila Hilal, Martina Santschi, Mazhar Sharbaji, Corinne von Burg, 2017

Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria

Bern: swisspeace & LACU. Full report (English), Abstract (English), Full report (Arabic), Abstract (Arabic)


Metwaly Abo Naser, 2017

The plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria in the camps south of Damascus

"Syrian Voices on the Syrian Conflict" series published by NOREF and swisspeace. Link.


23 January 2017

Launch of Report: Governance mechanisms in opposition-held areas in Syria

A new report on governance mechanisms in opposition-held areas in Syria was launched at Polit-Forum Käfigturm in Bern. 


Telebasel, 19 December 2016

Laurent Goetschel über den Krieg in Syrien

Laurent Goetschel gave an interview on the situtation in Syria on the TV station Telebasel. Watch (German)


swisspeace, Conflict Dynamics International and FarikBerut.net, 2016

Inside Syria: What Local Actors Are Doing For Peace

The report commissioned by Finn Church Aid maps out local peacebuilding endeavors in Syria. Download the report in Arabic and English.


Mandate for United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, 2016-2017

Civil Society Support Room

swisspeace and NOREF have been implementing partners of the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria by facilitating the participation of civil society in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva through the Civil Society Support Room. The main objective of this Room is to render the peace process more inclusive.


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