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.

participation

Decentralized power and local competences allow a broader part of the society to shape Syria according to their needs and ideas.

trust

Independence of executive, legislative and judicial powers prevent future power abuse and foster trust in the Syrian state.

stability

Recognizing and promoting linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity can stabilize and unite the Syrian society in the long term.

justice

A constitution that entitles people to have a say protects them from repression and discrimination.

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.

Drafting a constitution

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Our work

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