Country Facts

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What we do

Displacement Situation

In its 12th year, the Syria conflict is far from over. Civilians continue to face significant humanitarian and protection needs and bear the brunt of a conflict that forced more than half of the population into displacement and 5.6 million people into refuge. The impact of the conflict, compounded by the pandemic, new sanctions, local currency devaluation, and the economic crisis in neighbouring Lebanon, have exacerbated the situation leading to 14.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, close to 97 per cent of the population living in poverty. This was also further exacerbated by the challenges faced by humanitarian organisations due to the increase in sanctions and consequent limitations to banks being unwilling and/or are unable to transfer funds into the country.

DRC Response 

DRC is one of the largest INGOs operating from Damascus with a longstanding presence, having begun operations in 2008 and scaled-up response to the crisis in 2012.

DRC’s strategic approach in Syria works to address the needs of individuals and communities in different stages of the displacement cycle. Therefore, DRC provides emergency response to people in acute need, while also developing integrated assistance programming for individuals and communities in both situations of protracted displacement and the initial stages of post-conflict recovery.

DRC delivers support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, and host community members through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), economic recovery, protection, risk education and shelter.

DRC’s vision is to improve the safety, dignity, and resilience of conflict-affected populations by providing life-saving assistance and working towards sustainable long-term solutions. To that end, DRC continuously advocates for comprehensive and durable solutions for the displaced, and maintains UNHCR’s position that the conditions inside Syria are not conducive for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees to Syria.


Lilu Thapa

Executive Director Middle East

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Poul Hagen Thisted

Country Director

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