SYR UNDP Livelihood Restoration

Project completed

Humanitarian and livelihoods needs have increased twelve fold since the beginning of the crisis in Syria with 12.2 million people now in need of humanitarian assistance; all affected in their livelihoods and are experiencing deteriorating living conditions. The proposed project for the Restoration of Livelihoods of Syrian Affected population aims at strengthening the resilience of the crisis affected communities and people by ensuring (i) the restoration of livelihoods to stimulate local recovery and (ii) the rehabilitation of basic services and infrastructure while mainstreaming resilience-based planning into all activities ensuring a conflict sensitive programming focused on targeting the most vulnerable groups and the hard to reach areas.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Employment & economic development
Conflict & fragility
Material relief assistance
Employment creation
Conflict prevention
15.11.2014 - 31.08.2015
CHF  2’000’000

The crisis in Syria has severely damaged productive sectors and infrastructure, contributing to a stinging economic recession which has seen enormous numbers of people across the country lose their access to livelihoods. By the end of 2013, total economic loss since the start of the conflict was estimated at USD 143.8 billion, which is equivalent to 276 percent of the Gross Domestic Product of 2010 in constant prices. In addition, the Syrian human development had regressed by more than four decades, with a Human Development Index measure of 0.472, Syria has now fallen from the “medium human development” cluster of nations into the “low human development” group. This project is part of the SHARP 2014 and contributes to the early recovery and livelihoods sector.


To strengthen the resilience of the Syrian people to cope with the effects of the protracted crisis and enable those whose livelihoods were severely disrupted to recover and rebuild their lives.

Target groups

Syria crisis-affected population including host communities and vulnerable groups (IDPs, persons with disability, elderly, women income earners/female headed households and youths).

Medium-term outcomes
  1. Improved coordination of livelihood and early recovery response that provides the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their host communities with a sustained/enhanced service delivery and rehabilitated basic community infrastructure.
  2. Stabilized basic livelihoods in view of supporting early recovery efforts with special focus on youth, women headed households and persons with disability.

Expected results:  

  1. Improved service delivery and repair of basic community infrastructure
  2. Disrupted livelihoods restored/ stabilized in affected communities

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Development Programme

Coordination with other projects and actors

The project is part of SHARP 5 and in line with the overall SDC response to the Syrian crisis.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’000’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   2’000’000
Project phases Phase 2 01.12.2015 - 31.07.2017   (Completed)

Phase 1 15.11.2014 - 31.08.2015   (Completed)