Several years of crisis have had a profound impact on Syria’s economy and social fabric. Available evidence suggests rebuilding Syria’s human and social capital will be a far greater and lasting challenge than reconstructing the physical infrastructure.
Amongst the challenges facing families in Syria are:
- Poverty and unemployment: The decline in living standards of Syrian people is evident in the drastic rise in poverty levels and unemployment. Under economic duress, households adopt different coping responses, such as, selling household assets, borrowing, reducing food consumption and relying on child labour, that are often found to be disproportionately affecting women and children.
- Several years of crisis has left the public sector in Syria in disarray. The disruption of services has affected the well-being of the population and in particular the well-being of children. The crisis has also led to a reversal trend, eroding the country’s human development achievements of several decades.