The Policy, Research, & Advocacy department brings together SAWA’s programmatic experience and the depth of knowledge found in the community by building a bond through trainings and linking key actors in the community, such as lawyers, advocates, human rights defenders, and activists, as well as increasing the abundance of research
The Policy, Research, & Advocacy department brings together SAWA’s programmatic experience and the depth of knowledge found in the community by building a bond through trainings and linking key actors in the community, such as lawyers, advocates, human rights defenders, and activists, as well as increasing the abundance of research, campaigning, and advocacy. As such, the department conducts research and analyses, produces and publishes reports in line with SAWA’s vision, and conducts capacity building workshops. The fieldwork developed by the department is conducted by an experienced team of researchers, analysts, and field officers, tackling aspects of insightful socio-economic research.
It aims at leading in case studies and policies to be shared with stakeholders, and increasing the overall awareness on the human, social cohesion, and community development, within our communities.
The Protection Hub
The general objective of this project is to strive for the protection of Syrian refugees, to help them make informed decisions, along with the promotion of social cohesion.
To that end, establish a country wide protection hub of CSOs and build their capacities to better coordinate programming and advocacy.
Under the Protection Hub, and in an aim to foster social cohesion, community-based projects have been launched mainly around mainstreaming community-based protection principles among these CSOs.
Peace Process Participation
The project seeks to contribute to Syrian women’s meaningful contribution in the political participation and peace process, with a wide range of different voices to be represented and included, by:
• Enhancing the availability of information about the different perspectives, needs and priorities of Syrian women
• Strengthening the capacity of Syrian traditional and emerging women leaders to actively engage in and contribute to the peace process.
This project aims to better understand the challenges and risks of Housing, Land, and Property (HLP), in the purpose of building and raising awareness about the related actual barriers to return and access to information about Syrian refugees’ HLP rights. It contributes toward advocating HLP mapped challenges, findings and recommendations among stakeholders concerned with the issue of safe, dignified and voluntary return. The project directly benefits participants of Civil Society Organizations who are actively involved with work on HLP issues among Syrian refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.
However, the ultimate targets of this project are indirectly the Syrian refugees and IDPs who currently struggle with HLP related issues.
Publications by our Research Department:
1. Mhaissen, R., & Hodges, E. (n.d.). UNPACKING RETURN: Syrian Refuge e s ‘ Conditions and Concerns (pp. 1-54, Rep.). Sawa for Development and Aid. Retrieved February, 2019, from https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/SAWA_Unpacking%20Return%20Report.pdf
2. Mhaissen, R., & Aldien, O. A. (2019). Return to Syria: Emerging Patterns and Dynamics (pp. 1-53, Rep.). Sawa for Development and Aid (source is originally in print).
3. Mhaissen, R., & Nasser-Eddin, N. (2020). The Gendered Journey of Return: The Case of Syrian Women in Lebanon (Rep.). Sawa for Development and Aid & Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Retrieved http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/beirut/16220.pdf
4. Mhaissen, R., & Aldien, O. A. (2020). A Gender Lens on Informal Livelihoods in Displacement: The Case of Syrian Refugee Females as Heads of Households in the Bekaa Valley Camps in Lebanon (Rep.). Sawa for Development and Aid & Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. Retrieved https://www.aub.edu.lb/ifi/Documents/publications/research_reports/2019-2020/20200215_gender_lens_on_informal_livelihoods_in_displacement.pdf
5. Mhaissen, R. (2020). COVID-19 and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon – Relying on Civil Society Once Again (Rep.). Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Retrieved http://library.fes.de/pdffiles/bueros/beirut/16356.pdf
6. The Implications of Syrian Laws on Returnees: A Gender-sensitive Analysis (pp. 1-38, Rep.). (2020). Sawa for Development and Aid (source is originally in print).
7. Understanding Quality Education in a Social Justice and Capabilities Framework: 7ibr W Jisr Case Study (pp. 1-42, Rep.). (2020). Sawa for Development and Aid (source is originally in print).
8. Mapping of Services Provided by Syrian CSO/Community-based Originations Operating in Syria (Rep.). (2020). Sawa for Development and Aid (source is originally in print).