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.