InterAction, ICVA Offer Recommendations on Syria Crisis Response

Photo By: Patricia McIlreavy, InterAction

A new mission report released Monday by InterAction and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) calls for better coordination among the humanitarian community in response to the Syria crisis.

The report, following a recent trip to the region, provides specific recommendations to NGOs, UN agencies, governments and others working in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan on the Syria crisis response. It comes at a time when an estimated 4.25 million Syrians are internally displaced and more than 1.4 million have fled the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The five-member team (three from InterAction and two from ICVA) traveled to Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon from March 19-29 to review humanitarian practice and policy issues. They examined NGO coordination structures, as well as the implementation of the accompanying measures related to the Level 3 Humanitarian System-Wide Emergency for Syria declared January 15 by Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

“Despite the efforts of the Transformative Agenda to simplify, streamline and speed up humanitarian responses, the team unfortunately did not see much of its impact,” says the report. “While fully acknowledging the constraints on humanitarian action in Syria, as well as the limits of implementing the Transformative Agenda’s protocol for a complex emergency, the team left the region with concerns that go beyond policy fixes.”

Read the full report with country-specific recommendations. For more information, see Transforming How We Respond to a Crisis Like Syria, written by InterAction Senior Humanitarian Policy Director Patty McIlreavy upon her return from the regional trip.