Our Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles

SYRIA. DEVELOPMENT. TRUST. These are the three most important words in our vocabulary. They define the core of our philosophy as the Syria Trust for Development, providing a consistent strong foundation for everything we do.

SYRIA: Our Country, Our People and Our Future

We believe in Syria, its unique history and culture, in the spirit, capacity and achievements of its people, and in its enduring potential. Syria as a nation is first and foremost the Syrian people, and working together we can build a stable, peaceful and prosperous future.

We believe that Syria’s greatest strength continues to be the rich diversity of cultures which make up its collective identity. We embrace that diversity, knowing that what binds us together is far stronger and more enduring than any distinctions between us.

We believe in Syria’s people, and that inside every one of us lies extraordinary potential to shape our prospects and to create a positive impact in the world around us.

DEVELOPMENT: The Power of Change

We believe that the most successful and sustainable change happens when people and communities are actively involved in shaping it and can take ownership of the results.

We believe that opportunity, not aid, produces genuine empowerment throughout society, and the best development results.

We believe that sustainable outcomes are achieved by developing the capabilities of individuals to conceive new possibilities for themselves and their communities.

TRUST: Our Responsibility to Others

We believe that we are in a social contract with fellow Syrians to act at all times for the public good and to uphold the deep trust they place in us. We act as custodians of Syria as a nation, nurturing its culture and its community, both now and for the long-term future.

We believe that we must stand for positive values and pro-social behaviour in everything we do. The public example set by the Trust is one that encourages a spirit of active citizenship and togetherness.

We believe that we are immensely privileged to be able to do what we do for others and for Syria. Our aim is always to honour the faith placed in us by beneficiaries, partners and funders by positively impacting the lives of the people we reach out to.

Our Vision

A nation defined by the positive energy of its people.

Our Purpose

Create an enabling environment for people across Syria
to individually thrive, and collectively participate,
in the social development of its communities.

Our Values

Our values are the foundation to how we behave in our daily work.

dignity and inclusiveness
in all our relationships.

Integrity, accountability
and transparency
in all that we do.

and innovation
in all that we deliver.