About the VDSF
The Voices for Displaced Syrians Forum (VDSF) gathers 40+ Syrian civil society organizations operating in Syria and refugee-hosting countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq. Established in 2019, the VDSF advocates for the achievement of durable solutions to protect, respond to, and improve the quality of life of displaced Syrians inside Syria and abroad. Since its establishment in 2019, the Forum has actively engaged with international stakeholders in the Middle East region and elsewhere. The Forum is supported technically and financially by the Durable Solutions Platform (DSP), and hosted by one of the Forum members.
The Forum is committed to ensuring the effective and equal participation of Syrian women in all its activities, including membership, using designated tools to achieve that.
The Forum recognizes the importance and value of the diversity of Syrian civil society. Therefore, it seeks to ensure all relevant actors of all mandates, life-saving humanitarian relief services for people in need, development, peacebuilding and civil peace, documentation and monitoring of violations, research and studies, legal affairs, awareness-raising and capacity building, human rights, etc. are represented in the forum regardless of where they are based, i.e., inside Syria or in diaspora countries.
This includes the presence and participation of various segments of civil society that provide services to Syrians in an impartial manner, regardless of their ideological or religious orientations within the various geographical regions inside and outside Syria.
The Forum seeks to provide the needed resources to continue working within the agreed upon tasks, regardless of the availability of support from external parties, as long as the need exists.
The forum relies on the existence of a clear terms of reference that clarify membership conditions, decision-making mechanisms and work methodology.
The Forum belongs to its members and must therefore find ways to ensure the continuity of collective action.
Existence of procedures and policies that achieve accountability towards the displaced Syrians and members of the Forum. This includes creating and implementing work mechanisms to ensure the participation of the displaced and refugee communities in the design, implementation and evaluation of the performance of the Forum.
All procedures and decisions are subject to the principle of transparency, so that all members have the right to be informed and measures are taken to ensure that this is achieved.
SCNP’s network comprises over 127 organisations and stretches across the globe, members from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, the UK and the US. SCNP acts as a space for coordination, prioritisation, joint advocacy, and consensus-building by empowering the exchange and leveraging of resources among Syrian civil society networks across geographical areas and sectors “Information sharing” Enhancing Syrian civil society networks’ access and capacity to jointly engage with policymakers “Advocacy” Building members’ capacity to by improving the joint learning process and encouraging resource and practice sharing “Knowledge & Resource Building” Act synergistically to translate its collective knowledge into briefs and advocacy messages that can be shared with a diverse range of stakeholders and policymakers. “Dialogue & Engagement”