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This security needs assessment aims to contribute to open access information on good governance and security sector reform in Syria. It was specifically designed to understand citizens’ needs and identify entry points for citizen-oriented security sector reform efforts. It analyses how the Syrian security system would need to change in order for Syrians to feel safe and secure in post-war Syria.
The survey’s online questionnaire consists of 63 questions in Modern Standard Arabic. Between March and August 2018, 619 Syrians living in Germany completed the questionnaire.
They came from all 14 Syrian governorates. On average, participants were 29 years old (born in 1989).
Nora-Elise Beck and Lars Döbert designed and implemented this comprehensive security needs assessment. The survey results are presented in a series of nine thematic working papers.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung financed and supported the publication of results.
“With hostilities in Syria nearing their end, reconstruction is becoming more relevant every day. As the security sector was one of the major causes of the war in Syria, its reform needs to be part of the solution. A continuity of the pre-conflict security sector set-up will inevitably entrench the conditions that led to the outbreak of the conflict.”
“Security Sector Reform (SSR) processes should follow security needs assessments. Understanding the perceptions and necessities of citizens for feeling safe and secure, particularly in post-conflict environments, has an impact on the effectiveness and sustainability of SSR interventions.”