The idea of Civil Society Incubators emerged from our continuous mapping of civil society organizations in all Syrian regions since 2015. IMPACT has found that the traditional method of capacity building through training workshops is not a contribution to the actual growth and development of organizations.
As a result, the concept of the Incubation has been developed. Incubation; a long-term support program designed specifically for local CSOs that offers a nurturing environment for CSOs to learn and grow, through three main support themes of Capacity Development through specialized programs of training and coaching, tailored to their needs and capacity, Grants Making such as core funding, project support, and Networking with similar initiatives and CSOs, provide visibility boosting, and coordination meetings for community stakeholders. The Incubation program also offers its physical spaces for CSOs to work and hold activities.
IMPACT conducted two mapping/capacity assessments for CSOs in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, which have shown the need for long-term comprehensive programs that aims to empower local CSOs through three main forms of capacity building: in-house training for teams, continuous coaching and support, and core funding or project funds that cover overhead costs.
Currently, 28 local CSOs are working in Raqqa and 9 in Deir Ezzor, with the development of civil society organizations in Syria.