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Turkey | Syria: Operational Presence of Syrian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) - Sectors and Themes - April 2016

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The UNOCHA Platform consists of 141 Syrian CSOs that implement relief and non-relief activities in Syria. These organizations are by definition nongovernmental, non- political and non-military. They are requested to demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian principles and standards.
UNOCHA does not endorse any of the mentioned organizations. The list reflects UNOCHA's understanding that the organizations fill the criteria mentioned above.

Definitions :

Civil society: “Refers to the wide array of non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that have a presence in public life, expressing the interests and values of their members or others, based on ethical, cultural, political, scientific, religious or philanthropic considerations. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) therefore refer to a wide of array of organizations: community groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), labor unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and foundations” (World Bank).

Syrian Civil Society Organization ( CSO): a Syrian CSO is an organization established inside or outside Syria for the exclusive purpose of undertaking activities in Syria and/or supporting Syrian communities within the MENA region or abroad; and whose Board of Directors is composed of at least 50% Syrian nationals and whose Director is a Syrian national. Place of CSO registration is not a factor in this definition (UNOCHA Turkey).

Relief: Refers to all activities under Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Non-Food Items (NFIs), Shelter, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Nutrition, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL),
Agriculture, Cash-based Assistance, Protection, Child Protection, Gender Based Violence (GBV), Mine Action and Search & Rescue, Human Rights, Early Recovery and Development, and Logistics.

Non Relief: Refers to Capacity Development and CSO Empowerment, Peace Building, Good Governance, Rule of Law and Media.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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