Syria Regional Program (I and II)
Civil war, economic collapse, and weak governance have allowed extremists, particularly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to thrive in many parts of Syria. The Syria Regional Programs, under USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), have worked closely with trusted and vetted local organizations to implement quick-impact activities that promote an inclusive and stable Syria. By strengthening the capacity of individuals and groups who are saving lives, meeting basic needs, promoting moderate values, and engaging vulnerable populations, USAID/OTI’s partners served as a bulwark against extremism. Syria Regional Program II continued the work of Syria Regional Program I, which ran from 2013 to 2015.