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The Arab Philanthropic & Civic Sector Response to the Syria-Turkey Earthquakes

June 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In partnership with the International Medical Corps, the Arab Foundations Forum invites you to a virtual panel discussion to discuss the Arab philanthropic and civic sector response to the Syria-Turkey earthquakes.

The devastating earthquakes that hit the two countries in February 2023 left more than 50,000 dead, including more than 5,900 in Syria’s northwestern region. In an area that is home to 50% of the country’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), the disaster led to an acute rise in levels of homelessness, food insecurity, emergency medical needs, and massive disruption to the livelihoods of millions of people in an already vulnerable population. In the immediate aftermath, the Arab philanthropy and civic sector served as a frontline responder, providing humanitarian relief and life-saving support through search-and-rescue efforts, medical aid, food assistance, the organization of crowd-sourcing campaigns, and other critical contributions.

As the country slowly transitions to its recovery and reconstruction phase, the World Bank estimates the costs of physical damages and losses may be up to $5.2 billion, while recovery and reconstruction needs could reach nearly $8 billion over the next three years. Again, Arab philanthropy and non-profits can play an important role, by helping to bridge the pervasive gaps in Syria’s journey toward healing.

This panel will address key questions regarding the consequences of the earthquakes on Syria’s most vulnerable populations with the aim of informing the philanthropic response both in the emergency and early recovery phases, including:

• How has the Arab philanthropic and civic sector responded to emergencies and humanitarian crises in the earthquake’s aftermath?

• What are the most pressing priorities and current gaps?

• How can the Arab philanthropy and civic sector strategically support the transition towards recovery and reconstruction?

• How can philanthropy empower local CSOs to rebuild Syria in a manner that enforces localization?

Moderator: Yasmin Kayali, Social Impact Leader & Co-founder, Basmeh & Zeitooneh

Host: Naila Farouky, CEO, Arab Foundations Forum

Fadi Al-Dairi, Co-founder and Country Director, Hand in Hand for Aid and Development
Wafaa Sadek, Country Director, Syria, International Medical Corps
Firdavs Ogoev, Country Director, Turkey, International Medical Corps
Erdem Ayçiçek, Head of Programs, MSYD-ASRA

Book your space HERE

Questions? Contact Walid Nagi, Network & Relationships Director

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be recorded and posted on the AFF website and YouTube channel. Stills, excerpts, and links to the video may also be used on AFF’s social media channels.


June 13, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Arab Foundations Forum
International Medical Corps
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