Watan Syria

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Watan is a coalition of Syrian civil society organisations.
Last updated: June 2016

In 2012 Watan Syria began operating as a framework for various organisations and groups, some of which had started operations as early as 2006. Watan is a system made up of multi-directed civil society organisations, working on creating a general renaissance in the Syrian society. It is a coalition of several organisations: SYAN, Generation Freedom, Khayr, the Centre for Syrian Freedoms, the Syrian Centre for Research and Studies, the Syrian Business Club, the Syrian National Media Centre.


  • To train and develop individuals so they can play an active role in Syria’s progress.
  • To influence the political process in order to direct it towards serving the country and its citizens.
  • To ensure that human rights are upheld and that citizens play an active role in society.
  • To promote the concept of civil society institutions in Syria.

Description of activities

  • Areas of specialisation are relief, health, education, capacity building.
  • Watan tries to support Syrian society by providing services that promote its progress and development; to work in every governorate in Syria, and wherever Syrian communities exist, to establish branches for all the institutions of Watan.
  • It works by establishing developmental projects that are within Watan's realm of expertise, which it thinks Syrians will need after the end of the conflict.
  • About 90% of its work is in areas outside government controlled areas in Syria.

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