This February, Syrian civil society and international donor representatives came together to discuss the current and future status of civil society in Syria. In the video above, we catch up with MSI’s Senior Vice President Andy Griminger, who moderated this roundtable meeting in Istanbul.
Griminger says that international support for civil society can “not only alleviate problems right now but prepare for the period when peace comes.”
The half-day meeting provided a unique opportunity for attendees to discuss the current realities impacting Syrian civil society.
In an interactive and open discussion, participants talked about programming challenges and gaps. They identified effective approaches for donors to deliver assistance. Smaller group sessions focused on organizational capacity building, financial sustainability and coordination.
Donor countries represented at the roundtable included Denmark, France, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Half of the attendees were from Syrian civil society organizations, which included senior leaders from partner organizations under Coffey’s Syrian Civil Society Capacity Building. Representatives from several other Syrian Civil Society organizations were also present.