Building a Vision for the Transition in Syria

The development of civil society institutions in Syria has been largely controlled by the governing regime, never reaching the level of inclusion, participation, and pluralism needed to achieve an open and democratic society. In order for Syrians to work towards an inclusive and pluralistic society that respects human rights, it is essential that the process of reform includes all voices. This project focuses on promoting new thinking and evidence-based analysis on the political and economic transition process in Syria. It will work through an inclusive and participatory dialogue process with Syrian opposition groups who are committed to a democratic process of transition, respect for human rights and dignity of citizens and rights of minorities.

To be managed by the Washington-based Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), the project will bring together a wide and representative spectrum of opposition groups to discuss aspects of the impending transition process in Syria. Five workshops held in Turkey and Egypt will discuss five topics: transitional justice and judicial reform; political reform; security reform; economic reform; and reforms to health systems and education. Each of these workshops will result in policy papers offering practical recommendations about the transition process and transition planning in Syria. These papers will be published in a book on the transition in Syria that will be notable for including the views of various opposition forces. It will aim to reinforce the values of democracy, consultation and cooperation, with an emphasis on transitional justice and human rights.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Sunday, July 15, 2012

End Date

Friday, August 30, 2013


12 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 440,800


Middle East, Syria, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Turkey, Egypt


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Radwan Ziadeh


Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies SCPSS

Institution Country

United States

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