Contribution to the UNFPA Syria Programme 2021

Contract partner: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund - United StatesCountry: Syrien Funding amount: € 1.000.000,00Project start: 01.11.2021End: 30.04.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

The programme has two main goals: 1) To enhance women and young people protection and resilience through the provision of integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention in rural Homs. 2) To address harmful social practices and promote gender equality in the selected communities in Aleppo.

Expected results

- 2,100 women, girls, boys and men benefit from GBV prevention and response services including group PSS, Case Management, Vocational Training and awareness raising activities (Integrated Center and mobile teams).

- 3,600 persons, mainly women and girls, benefit from Reproductive Health services (Integrated Center and mobile teams).

- 1,600 youth benefit from capacity building, civic engagement and economic empowerment opportunities (1,100 female, 500 male).

Target group / Beneficiaries

The Austrian contribution is estimated to reach 7,300 women, adolescent girls, youth, people living with disabilities and elderly people in Aleppo and Al-Qusayr (rural Homs). From the total target group, UNFPA aims that at least 5% of its beneficiaries are to be people living with disabling conditions.


The following activities are planned to reach the intended results: a) Establishing one Integrated Centre (IC) in Al-Qusayr sub-district, rural Homs, ensuring the provision of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and GBV services; b) Developing capacity of GBV and SRH service providers on SRH and GBV prevention and response related topics and on the referral pathways; c) Procuring and distributing sanitary napkins and dignity kits as part of programmatic interventions; d) Supporting Cash Voucher Assistance for Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW), jointly implemented with WFP; e) Supporting a pilot project to address social practices change in Aleppo, particularly in developing key program strategies and frameworks, formative research, capacity building training, intervention development and adaptation.


The Syria crisis remains one of the largest and most complex crises globally. Humanitarian needs are increasingly being exacerbated by the economic, security and health crises. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these challenges, directly and disproportionately jeopardizing women's social and economic prospects, as in other parts around the globe. The rapidly worsening economic crisis - now even worse after the pandemic - has exacerbated many of the risks faced by individuals, families, and communities. Worsening gasoline shortages are further impacting the populations’ access to basic services such as health and protection. The crisis continues to have a gendered impact, with women and adolescent girls paying a high price due to harmful and discriminatory gender norms, including GBV.

project number2694-10/2021
source of fundingAKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
marker Gender: 2, Reproductive health: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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