What We Do

As the crisis deepens in Syria, UNDP, in partnership with other UN and humanitarian agencies, will continue to scale up its early recovery interventions to reach areas where people are most affected and in need of help. The crisis has exacerbated pre-existing levels of poverty and unemployment. To address this, UNDP has put in place a two-year country programme (2016-17) that is fully oriented toward mitigating internal and external displacement through strengthening the resilience of the most affected populations inside the country.

Our Goals

Seeking to scale up the results from 2013-2015 in terms of geographic and beneficiary reach, as well as more sustainable interventions (such as value chains), UNDP prioritizes the most vulnerable populations, which are in need of livelihood support. Interventions are designed to create conditions that reduce displacement trends and enable some level of economic recovery and social cohesion among internally displaced communities and their hosts. We maximize complementarity between our engagement in emergency livelihoods and emergency basic service rehabilitation under the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan 2016, as well as crisis response capacity support under the United Nations Strategic Framework 2016-2017.

UNDP Support to Affected Communities

In 2014 and 2015, UNDP touched the lives of 4.5 million persons in all Syrian governorates through targeted early recovery and livelihoods restoration efforts in partnership with more than 150 local actors including NGOs, CBOs and faith-based organizations. This was achieved through rehabilitation of community infrastructure and restoration of basic services using labor-intensive approach, where a total of 44,000 emergency employment opportunities were provided to IDPs and their host community members working on solid waste and debris management and quick repairs in affected Syrian governorates.more

Our Stories

Young 'hero' Abd Al Hadi learns to walk again thanks to a UNDP supported rehabilitation programme for people with disabilities in Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Photo: UNDP
Learning to walk again: Abd Al-Hadi, young ‘hero’ from Aleppo triumphs over his injuries

Abd Al-Hadi, or ‘the hero’ as he likes to be called, is a 14 year old elementary school student from Aleppo, in northern Syria. Since conflictmore 

An internally displaced woman receives guidance from the sewing workshop manager who is also internally displaced.
Sewing for a better life: Internally displaced persons regain hope

(Homs-Syria)- The Syrian economy has experienced a massive de-industrialization as a result of business closures, major capital out flight, looting and destruction. Lack of cash andmore 

Khadija processes milk into cheese in the milk processing facility set up by UNDP in the Al-Ghab region
Reviving livelihoods of cow owners: How UNDP helped farmers retain their cows

(AL-Ghab/Hama-Syria)-The ongoing crisis in Syria has exacerbated the situation for people raising cattle in the country.  This ancient livelihood which once provided income for more thanmore 

Workers undertake the renovation of a Roman well in Syria. Photo: UNDP Syria
Restoring Roman Wells to bring relief: How an ancient artifact is revived for livelihoods

In Syria's rural areas, long-abandoned Roman wells have become more than a relic of a bygone civilization. For communities struggling to cope with the disastrous ongoingmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Humanitarian and Livelihoods Program

    Since March 2011, Syria has been witnessing an internal civil unrest that has directly resulted in losses of human lives, significant displacement and migration, weakened social services, destruction of basic social and productive infrastructure and significant loss of livelihoods, destruction of homes and property, and the deterioration of the rule of law and securitymore 

  • Support to the National HIV/AIDS Program

    Syria has a low-prevalence HIV epidemic, with very low levels of HIV among the general population, as well as among key populations at risk, such as female sex workers (FSWs) and their clients, men who have sex with men (MSM) and injecting drug users (IDUs)more 

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