Only power-sharing can prevent power abuse
Why power sharing?
The war in Syria continues for 9 years now. Our project “Power Sharing for a united Syria” addresses the root cause of the conflict – power abuse. Centralized political decision-making and weak local institutions allowed the current regime to act illegitimately and against democratic principles. With our work, we want to contribute to a future in which this cannot happen again.
The positive impact of power sharing
We understand power-sharing through two dimensions. Horizontally, as the independence of executive, legislative and judicial powers. Vertically, as the decentralization of political power, competences and responsibilities from the centre to the periphery. Implemented as such, power-sharing can effectively foster political participation, trust in the state, social and political stability as well as justice. Eventually, this will prevent future power abuse.
Building knowledge and methods of power sharing
Our mission is to build knowledge and methods of power-sharing together with the Syrian opposition and civil society. We support them in drafting a new constitution for a new, democratic Syria. We regularly organize workshops, interview Syrian politicians and activists and provide an advisory board to members of the Syrian Constitutional Committee during the official peace negotiations.