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Funded by the European Union through the Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, Maintaining Strength and Resilience for Local Governments (MASAR) Project has supported local governments’ capacities, host populations and refugees suffering from the effects of the civil war in Syria. The project has worked in Ninawa and Duhok in Iraq, and in Akkar, Baalbek-Hermel and Tripoli in Lebanon, specifically on municipal strategic planning, improvement of public services and local economic development.

MASAR for Local Governments has worked in both Lebanon and Iraq.

In Lebanon

Akkar, Baalbek-Hermel and north of Tripoli: the areas most heavily affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.

In Iraq

Ninawa plain and Duhok in the Kurdistan Region, also heavily affected by the Syrian refugees’ crisis.

Pathway to success

How MASAR started

During the war in Syria, more than 5.6 millions of Syrian citizens were displaced and in need of humanitarian protection and assistance, while the war also deeply affected the surrounding countries. The MASAR project, funded by the European Union, was designed to support local governments in Iraq and Lebanon bearing the burden of Syrian refugees and displacement in their countries.

What happened next

MASAR was tailor-made to suit local needs and priorities in certain local government sectors in line with three strategic objectives of the project. MASAR enabled target local governments to do pilots to test and implement infrastructure improvement and innovation. MASAR has been implemented by a team of four European partners:  the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities – VNG International, the Polish Center for International Aid – PCPM, the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation – ACCD and KL Komponent from Denmark.

Watch this summary about MASAR strategic objectives and different activities in Iraq.

Watch this summary about MASAR strategic objectives and different activities in Lebanon.

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