• Welcome To SIRF
    We Serve the needs of our members and advocate on behalf of
    populations affected by the Syrian Crisis.
  • SIRF
    Is the only regional International NGO body
    dedicated to the Syria crisis, encompassing
    Syria and neighboring Syrian refugee-hosting countries.
  • SIRF
    Informing members of advocacy opportunities and develop
    advocacy and policy products.

Welcome to

The Syria International NGO Regional Forum

In light of the increasingly regional nature of the Syrian Crisis, and the humanitarian and political effects on neighboring countries, a regionally focused forum was assembled in April 2013 to give voice to INGOs conducting humanitarian responses in the region and to facilitate their collective engagement.

Guiding Principles

SIRF exists to serve the needs of its members and advocate on behalf of populations affected by the Syrian Crisis, articulated around 4 core functions: coordination, representation, advocacy and information management. SIRF therefore focuses on:

Membership Criteria

All members are registered NGOs in their home country, are committed to humanitarian principles, are implementing responses to Syrian Crisis, are active in 2 or more affected countries, are willing to actively participate, and can appoint senior individual as focal point.

Scope

SIRF is the only regional International NGO body dedicated to the Syria crisis, encompassing Syria and neighboring Syrian refugee-hosting countries.

Structure

SIRF is composed of a SIRF Representative, currently hosted by Mercy Corps and funded by DfID, and a Board of 6 elected Regional Directors or Advocacy Directors.

The SIRF Board role is to provide governance functions, appraisal of the SIRF Representative and external representation on behalf of the members. The combination of Board members should represent all modalities of assistance, i.e. provided from Damascus, through cross-border and for refugees.

The SIRF Representative is the internal port of call for all 58 SIRF Members and its 12 Observers. The SIRF Representative is also the main external interlocutor for all regional humanitarian and development inter-agency coordination mechanisms led by the Regional Refugee Coordinator, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator and the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria. SIRF is a key permanent member of the most senior technical and strategic decision-making bodies of the Regional Refugee/Resilience and the Inside Syria Responses.

Working Groups with attention to issues of particular interest are established as required.

In the idea of keeping a facilitation body mandate, the SIRF interaction with NGO fora in the region will be articulated around the following core principles, underpinned by a subsidiarity approach:

Member Organisations

Our Donor

With the Support of DFID

DFID

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict.