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Promoting a Moderate, Inclusive, and Stable Syria .

Peace, Stability, and Transition | Peacebuilding and Reconciliation | Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism | Vulnerable Groups | Center for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization
Middle East and North Africa

Syria Regional Program (I and II)

Project Dates: January 2013 - October 2020
Amid the conflict in Syria, local efforts to build a peaceful and inclusive future and resist extremism need support.

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.


Activities and interventions implemented with strategic Syrian partner organizations


Million dollars in assistance provided to moderate Syrian entities


Local governance entities, civil society organizations, and media organizations strengthened

Project Goals

• Enable the early recovery of areas liberated from ISIS

• Strengthen communities’ ability to resist extremist groups

• Maintain and increase the influence of strategic moderate actors