Syria: steps from emergency towards sustainable recovery

Date 27.04.2022

28 April at 17:00, Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 889 3779 9973 | Passcode: 246142

In a Middle Eastern context marked by an unprecedented economic and social crisis, while the attention of international donors and institutions is turned towards the crisis in Ukraine, Syria cannot be forgotten. Syria crisis calls for a reflection that combines the need for humanitarian intervention with the prospect of sustainable reconstruction and recovery: there is a need not only to respond to the demand for primary goods, but also to allow Syrians to acquire their autonomy and independence by accompanying them on a path of development and economic autonomy. This approach must also encompass the phenomenon of IDPs who must find long-term responses in areas of no longer temporary residence.

For Syrians who are still refugees in neighbouring countries, the still slow process of return must always be monitored, but at the same time the aid action that distinguishes between the welcome and the welcoming must be definitively overcome: in countries in crisis such as Lebanon (but not only there), the level of impoverishment of the population requires responses that involve the entire resident community and avoid as much as possible the risk of polarisation of needs and consequent community conflicts.

This can happen through a dialogue involving European institutions and local realities on new contents. The involvement of local governments, community leaders and civil society can be the guarantors of true ownership.

We will discuss with our panelists how to accompany local stakeholders in a path of early recovery and autonomy in particular in the field of agriculture (livelihood), education and health. The 6th Brussels Syria Conference is a unique opportunity to reflect on the steps taken in recent years and to address the crisis by promoting the early recovery of the country through development.


  • Marina Sereni – Vice Minister of Italian Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Isabel Santos – European Parliament Member, Chair of the EU Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries
  • Brando Benifei – European Parliament Member, Member of EU Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries
  • Marco Perini – AVSI Regional manager MENA Region
  • Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly - Founder of Biladi Association that implemented “Syria on my mind” a project of UE, AICS and UNICEF Lebanon
  • Father Fadi Azar of “Open Hospitals” a project of the Apostolic Nonciature in Damascus
  • Crispen Rukasha - Head of Office United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Syria

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