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Our focus

Syria and UNDP in action

Today’s development challenges are dynamic, complex and multidimensional in nature, requiring systemic solutions. Multilateral cooperation is vital in addressing these shared challenges that cross boundaries of geography and time.

UNDP's Strategic Plan (2022-2025) describes how UNDP intends to work with partners to deliver what’s required of us in these extraordinary times. This bold, ambitious Plan is structured around “3x6x3” – 3 directions of change, 6 signature solutions and 3 enablers – a clear framework for the future we aspire to and how to get there. Over the next four years, we will work with countries to expand people’s choices for a fairer, more sustainable future; helping to get us back on track to deliver on the SDGs.


Our work

The overarching goal of UNDP is to strengthen the foundations for future sustainable peace and development to improve the quality of life of all Syrians, especially those currently left furthest behind.

UNDP adopts a context-sensitive, area-based approach to address complex and interlinked development challenges and their root causes, all while strengthening social cohesion. This entails the design, implementation and monitoring of resilience programmes through an inclusive, rights- based and participatory approach that promotes community ownership and sustainability in defined geographic areas. Our interventions aim to build resilience to shocks, including the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, while addressing gender equality and respecting the principle of “do no harm”. UNDP has made significant strides in developing methodologies and strategies for greater community participation in the planning and implementation of area-based early recovery processes in the country, which are inclusive of vulnerable groups, in particular female-headed households, IDPs, returnees, women, persons with disabilities and youth. By involving local authorities, communities and relevant humanitarian partners in the identification and implementation of early recovery priorities, UNDP also contributes to more responsive service provision, greater participation in local governance processes and improved coordination between recovery actors.

UNDP works with local committees consisting of local partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), as well as beneficiaries and representatives from the host communities to ensure that all voices are heard.