Civil Society

Photo: Masyaf Coordination via The Creative Memory

“It might be that the one positive phenomenon Syria is experiencing today is the rise of a dynamic, grassroots-based civil society embodying strong potential for positive change inspired by the notions of justice, equality, freedom, democracy and citizenship.”

Activism in Difficult Times

Peaceful civil society activists have played an important role since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011. Initially convening spontaneously in order to organize demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience, they have since established a multitude of groups and networks across the country campaigning for democracy, justice, equality and respect. In response to the dire humanitarian situation, many activist groups have also become engaged in distributing relief aid and providing medical, educational and other services to Syrians in need.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung regards the empowerment of civil society as an essential step in establishing and consolidating democratic structures. It therefore supports Syrian civil society organisations in various ways, including with capacity building initiatives, the provision of training material, and technical advice. The Foundation’s research programme, furthermore, seeks to contribute to a better understanding of Syrian civil society, its role in establishing alternative governance structures, the conditions it operates in, and its needs to work more effectively.

Irrespective of the course Syria takes in the coming years, civil society will continue to hold the government and its agencies accountable for their actions, to oppose dictatorship, to counteract terrorism and to struggle for a better future.

Learning Material for Civil Society Organizations

Research Methods

Research Methods

The fifth manual provides a practice-oriented introduction to social science research and methodologies, qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis, writing techniques and basic standards of scientific work. more

Financial Management

Financial Management

The fourth manual discusses the different aspects of thorough and transparent financial management and explains work procedures for establishing a sound financial system. more

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation

The third manual introduces the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), presents different tools and techniques, and shows how to devise a robust M&E framework. more

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

The second manual discusses the approaches to and stages of strategic planning, how to formulate vision, mission and objectives, and how to do SWOT analyses. more

Project Planning and Proposal Writing

Project Planning and Proposal Writing

The first manual explains how to design, implement and evaluate a project, write a proposal and look for funding. more

Plan with Zaki

Plan with Zaki

"Plan with Zaki" is an Arabic-language E-learning tool on strategic planning and project cycle management available as a mobile app and a desktop version. more

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Syria Project

Berliner Häuser
Hiroshimastraße 17 and 28
D-10785 Berlin

+49 (0)30 26 935-7495
+49 (0)30 26 935-9244

info(at)fes-syria.org

Publications

Journalism and Creative Writing. A Handbook for Citizen-Journalists in Conflict Areas.
Doha Hassan, Beirut: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016

Publication as PDF

The Coast in Conflict: Migration, Sectarianism, and Decentralization in Syria’s Latakia and Tartus Governorates
Kheder Khaddour, Beirut: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016

Publication as PDF

Activism in Difficult Times: Civil Society Groups in Syria 2011 - 2014
Rana Khalaf; Oula Ramadan; Friederike Stolleis, Beirut: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung & Badael, 2015 - Arabic script

Publication as PDF

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