With the lingering war, its bitter reality and unprecedented level of agony, winter approaches again to cast its long shadow over the IDPs camps in northern Syria, add to the existing natural disasters there and weigh heavily on their IDPs.

Hence, and in cooperation with AFAD (Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Authority), the IMU of the ACU issues its “Northern Syria Camps DYNAMO Report”.

This report reflects the conditions of 320 camps assessed in Aleppo and Idleb governorates by covering multiple sectors and relevant details and circumstances and supporting them with visualized figures and shapes to maximize the impact of the response, perfect its timeliness and proportionality with the size of needs and numbers of IDPs and prevent the risks of the many disasters which taken many lives and added to their tragedies.

The report includes general information on the camps, their residents and suffered difficulties in winter 2019, in addition to the status of the WASH, food security and health sectors and winterization needs there. The report is concluded with some recommendations based on comparing the conditions of those camps with the Sphere Project standards.


Given the ACU’s role in coordination, communication and consolidation of efforts, a meeting was held with a delegation headed by eng. Muhammad Saeed Sulaiman, Minister of Local Administration and Services in the Syrian Interim Government.
After Mouhamad Hassno, the CEO, welcomed the delegation and wished them the best of luck and success, the discussion moved to the ways of strengthening and coordinating efforts, developing the criteria and policies of action and inviting all actors and institutions to participate in setting a plan that contributes to rising with the sector of local administration, services and agriculture and developing sectoral platforms involving institutions and organizations actively working in every sector to set action and response plans that meet the needs.

The Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to the State of Qatar, Nizar Hasan Al-Haraki, paid an official visit to the Assistance Coordination Unit, where he met with its CEO and the managers of its departments and programs and listened to a detailed explanation on the ACU’s works and activities over the previous period and its plans and projects in the forthcoming period.
The Ambassador gave an overview of the Syrian embassy in Qatar, its services for the Syrian community and advocacy for the causes of the Syrian people through his communications with ambassadors and states’ representatives present in the State of Qatar.

Through collaboration between Turks Abroad and Related Communities (Yurtdışı Türkler ve Akraba Topluluklar Başkanlığı/YTB), Council of Higher Education (Yükseköğretim Kurulu/YÖK), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and TRT World, and active participation by Turkish associations and organizations concerned with refugees and foreigners’ affairs and the ACU, a conference on “Higher Education for Students under International Protection” was organized. The conference aimed at shedding the light on higher education, difficulties suffered by students under international protection, especially Syrian students, as well as their success stories despite the war and asylum conditions.

Abdullah Eren, President of YTB, pointed to the graduate students’ important role in building their countries upon their return. Eren also indicated that students from 170 countries are receiving education under Turkish scholarships offered by YTB, and by support from the UNHCR in Turkey and the EU, scholarships are offered to students under international protection.

The UNHCR representative in Turkey, Katharina Lumpp, noted that Turkey is considered as a good example for other states to follow in terms of higher education for students under international protection.

Memorandum of understanding with Sultanbeyli Belediyesi in Istanbul.
In the context of ISRAR Project, the ACU signed an MoU with Sultanbeyli Belediyesi in Istanbul to train the Syrian youth residing there, increase their capacities and skills and help them access the labor market.

ISRAR Project aims at empowering the Syrian youth in Turkey and reducing the unemployment rates spreading among them through training, guiding and connecting the youth with the labor market. 

ISRAR Project targets all Syrian youth between 18-35 years of age and residing in Turkey, regardless of their educational levels, place of residence or supporting documentation.
ISRAR is a joint project between Qatar Fund for Development, QUEST Initiative, Silatech and the ACU.

In the context of strengthening official partnerships, and through the ACU’s role in coordination and advocacy, especially in the education sector, the ACU and the Türkiye Maarif Vakfı signed a protocol for coordination and cooperation aiming at coordinating the efforts, supporting the educational process in Syria and implementing the relevant joint projects.

In the context of strengthening communication with its institutions, a delegation from the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces visited the Assistance Coordination Unit in Gaziantep city. The delegation was headed by Abdurrahman Mustafa, the head of the National Coalition, Dr. Nazir Hakim, the Secretary General of the National Coalition, and Muhammad Al-Shimali, a representative of the National Coalition in Gaziantep. Further, Eng. Mouhamad Hassno, the ACU’s CEO, gave a comprehensive presentation on the ACU’s key activities, programs and faced challenges and discussed the work policies and mechanisms. In addition to stressing the ACU’s important role in mapping the needs in all their humanitarian and developmental dimensions, assessing the stability support, as well as promoting networking, coordination and communication.

An EU delegation, represented by Lara Scarpitta, the political advisor, and Duccio Bandini, the Head of Development Cooperation for the European Union Delegation to Syria, organized a working visit to the Assistance Coordination Unit. The talk included an assessment of the previous and current projects and discussed the possibility of implementing new projects that contribute in responding to the needs and supporting the stabilization of the Syrian people. Emphasis was also placed on the need to support the health, education and economic empowerment sectors and empower the civil society and local actors to take their roles.

Within the role of Assistance Coordination Unit for Coordination and Advocacy in Support of Syrian Refugees and within the plan of the project to empower the Syrian youth in Turkey by strengthening relations and partnerships with the official Turkish institutions, which are working to provide basic services to the Syrians in Turkey

Assistance Coordination Unit and the Municipality of Kilis signed a cooperation protocol to provide employment opportunities for Syrian youth.