Identifying Impact Lessons on a Locally Driven Crisis Response. A Post from our Summer Intern, Gita Goolsarran

The Syrian war has presented one of the most acute humanitarian crises of the 21st Century, with neighbouring states hosting 5.6 million registered refugees since 2011.[1]In that time, regular migration flows in Turkey have more than tripled,[2]with over 3.5 million refugees registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).[3] Strikingly, though Syrian civil society organisations (CSOs), and to a lesser extent small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are relied upon for the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance, …

What is the Point... if Nothing Changes? Examining M&E Practices in Syria

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Before the onset of Syrian civil war and humanitarian crisis, there were few local civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country, and almost no international NGOs (INGOs). When the crisis began to unfold, INGOs did not have pre-existing relationships with local actors or any infrastructure for delivering humanitarian aid. The Syrian crisis has been marked by a fluctuating political environment with various groups competing for rule on the ground, creating a high-risk operating environment. …

How to Claim Your Organization on Building Markets’ Online Platform

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Building Markets’ new online platform for Syrian civil society organizations (also known as NGOs) brings visibility to the local groups responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Working with our partner, Watan, we surveyed hundreds of Syrian-led organizations in Turkey and Syria.  With this data, we created an online directory of local organizations that provide humanitarian aid, from education initiatives, to food security and medical relief efforts. Our goal is to connect these incredible organizations to new opportunities and partnerships through increased visibility by profiling their organizations online. …

كيفية المطالبة بمنظمتك على منصة الإنترنت الخاصة ببيلدينغ ماركتس

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المنصة الجديدة لبيلدينغ ماركتس الخاصة بمنظمات المجتمع المدني السورية (المعروفة أيضًا باسم المنظمات غير الحكومية) تسلط الضوء على المجموعات المحلية التي تستجيب للأزمة الإنسانية في سوريا. بالتعاون مع شركائنا Watan “وطن”، قمنا بإجراء استبيان مع مئات المنظمات التي يقودها سوريين في تركيا وسوريا.  باستخدام هذه البيانات ، أنشأنا دليلاً على الإنترنت للمنظمات المحلية التي تقدم المساعدات الإنسانية ، من المبادرات التعليمية ، إلى الأمن الغذائي وجهود الإغاثة الطبية. هدفنا هو ربط هذه المنظمات المذهلة بالفرص والشراكات الجديدة من خلال زيادة المعرفة بها من خلال تصنيفها عبر الإنترنت من يمكنه إضافة منظمة إلى المنصة؟ فقط منظمات المجتمع المدني التي يقودها سوريون في المنطقة مؤهلة للإدراج في المنصة الإلكترونية في الوقت الحالي إذا لم تكن منظمتك مدرجة بالفعل ، قم بإنشاء حساب على منصتنا ، واملأ هذا النموذج القصير على الإنترنت (يمكن الوصول إليه هنا) ، وبعد ذلك سيتصل فريقنا بك للتحقق من معلوماتك قبل الموافقة على قائمتك. …

The Startling Syrian Number You Haven’t Seen

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There are many devastating numbers on Syria, and you’ve probably seen most of them. 7 years long. 400,000 lives lost. 6 million displaced. 5 million refugees. Here’s an important one you may not have seen: 0.9%. As the world continues to struggle to respond to the Syria crisis, donors and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) are increasingly relying on Syrian NGOs and civil society originations (CSOs) to deliver aid. The conflict has become one of the most hostile in recent memory, …

Spotlight on Syrian Entrepreneurs: Jamal

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Jamal: The Real Estate Investor Jamal and his father were so excited to talk about their business, they insisted on the interview being recorded, to ensure no detail would be missed. Moving to Istanbul from Damascus in 2011, the father-son duo launched Al Kahal, a real estate firm in the Fatih district of Istanbul – now more commonly known as the city’s Little Syria. “I may be his father, but Jamal is the boss”, …

Spotlight on Syrian Entrepreneurs: Mazen

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Mazen: The Perseverer In Syria, Mazen operated a media and advertising business. After arriving in Turkey in 2015, he decided to use his expertise in advertising to start a company to support his family. “It hasn’t been easy”, Mazen says. He was most surprised by how different the work culture in Turkey was, “especially how much capital you need to invest before you can start a business!” During his first year of operations he lost everything, …

Spotlight on Syrian Entrepreneurs: Obida

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Obida: The Exporter Obida owned a car manufacturing factory in Syria. Although he wasn’t able to bring any of his equipment when he moved to Turkey, he did bring his most prized possession – his entrepreneurial spirit. Drawing on his past experience and business connections, Obida started an import business in Istanbul. In two short years, he has grown his business and now has numerous trade partners throughout the Gulf Region. …

Syrian Refugee Entrepreneurs Have a Voice at Global Entrepreneurship Congress

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In April, over a thousand entrepreneurs and investors, along with corporate, civil society, and public start-up champions, from nearly 170 countries came together in Istanbul at the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), the annual flagship event of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Delegations shared ideas and best practices for boosting their countries’ entrepreneurship ecosystems and helping their entrepreneurs become more innovative, global, and attractive to investors. One common message echoed throughout more than a hundred sessions over three days: entrepreneurship drives economic growth, …

How to Claim Your Business on Building Markets’ Online Platform

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Türkçesi aşağıdadır Our new online platform for Syrian businesses in Turkey is the first of its kind in the region. Working with our partner, the Syrian Economic Forum (SEF), we have conducted surveys with and verified hundreds of Syrian entrepreneurs in Turkey.  We are working to connect these incredible entrepreneurs to customers and capital, and increase their visibility by profiling their businesses online. We will be adding new businesses every week, …

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