On December 12-13, 2013, we hosted Syria 2025 Development Roadmap, an international summit on collaboration, sustainability and development. The summit, held at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), brought forth policy makers, government officials, scholars and activists to discuss how to move Syria forward amid the current crisis.
While the international community continues to assess and address the urgent relief needs of the Syrian people, summit participants also recognized the need to find more sustainable solutions for refugee housing, refugee care, infrastructure building, rebuilding telecommunications connections, encouraging investment in projects that help create a more self-sufficient Syrian community and systems that help keep Syrians outside of Syria connected to the daily life and events inside of Syria.
Some of the summit’s outstanding speakers included Manal Omar of USIP, Tamara Coffman Wittes of the Brookings Institution, Jeremy Konyndyk of USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Raneem Qubatrus of Baladna Radio, Hend Alhinnawi of Syria Tracker and many more. In anticipation of the Summit, we were able to compile a report on the comprehensive statistics relating to development in Syria. Click here to view the report.
SRD is committed to helping support research and engaging in work that will promote sustainable development in Syria. A very difficult task is in front of us. No one can rebuild and repair Syria alone; it will take hundreds of billions of dollars, decades and the hard work and dedication of Syrians and those who care about Syria. Our hope is that the summit was one tangible step out of many that will help foster sustainable development in Syria.
The summit was organized and curated by Hazami Barmada of Barmada Consulting. She can be reached at email@example.com.