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Syrian Civil Society: A closing door report

This report seeks to give a truer view of Syrian civil society, giving a voice to people who have often been mentioned only as a footnote to atrocities, as aid workers killed in a shelling, or vilified as terrorists in the narratives of the government and its allies. Since March 2011, Syria has experienced one of the bloodiest and cruellest conflicts of recent times. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands more injured.  But while these grim figures have been repeated in the western media frequently, less often told is the story of the Syrians who did everything in their power to counter this.  Against the backdrop of conflict arose an active Syrian civil society – Syrians on the ground who, more often than not, had no previous experience in this sector. Syrians who came from a society whose government allowed no space for civil society to grow: and yet it did. But as civil society’s space is being squeezed worldwide, to grasp the potential for Syrian civil society we must act now. The door is already closing and it will slam shut, returning the country to the pre-2011 hostile environment where civil society groups faced being shut down and their members and volunteers risked being arrested or imprisoned if they were perceived to challenge the state. This report is an appeal and a challenge. Will the international community support the Syrians who recognise the difficulty of the task they face?

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire (Part 2)

A debilitating drought may bring riots and social unrest in one country, but in a neighbouring country, the same problem may be dealt with by citizen mobilisation towards collective action solutions. To a large extent, governance capacity and community resilience explains the nature and structure of the response. In this report, three case studies – from Angola, Mali, and Honduras – of actual responses to climate change and conflict are presented.

Challenges in the Sahel: Implications for peace and development

A ‘perfect storm’ - an extraordinary combination of poverty, violent conflict, corruption, criminality, and climate change - is blowing over Mali and across the Sahel. Within this storm, some unusual actors have emerged. Politicians are known to be corrupt but still get elected and smugglers are criminalised by authorities but are also the only providers of employment in disintegrating local economies. This report is part of a series that Christian Aid is producing to understand what ought to be done differently in tackling violence and building peace.

Action2020 family planning: Mali context analysis

An in-depth investigation into the context and opportunities for civil society-led accountability on family planning in Mali.

Crazy Climate classroom activities

Age: 7-11 Subject areas: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)/Global Citizenship Geography/Environmental Studies Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE)/Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) Religious Education (RE)/Religious Studies (RS) This resource encourages pupils to think about the effects of climate change – who it affects most and how it affects them. But it is not all doom and gloom: it is instead an opportunity for change. Pupils will consider how they can help stop climate chaos through their own lifestyle choices. They will learn about how climate change affects children in other parts of the world and how Christian Aid’s work is helping to create a more sustainable world.

Crazy Climate classroom activities - Welsh

Age: 7-11 Subject areas: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)/Global Citizenship Geography/Environmental Studies Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE)/Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) Religious Education (RE)/Religious Studies (RS) This resource encourages pupils to think about the effects of climate change – who it affects most and how it affects them. But it is not all doom and gloom: it is instead an opportunity for change. Pupils will consider how they can help stop climate chaos through their own lifestyle choices. They will learn about how climate change affects children in other parts of the world and how Christian Aid’s work is helping to create a more sustainable world.

Poverty over presentation

Age: 16+ / Sixth form Subject areas: Geography, RE A sixth form presentation looking at poverty and how it affects people around the world. 

Poverty over workshop

Age: 16+ / Sixth form Subject areas: Geography, RE For students aged 16 and over to explore different approaches to defining global poverty, how poverty is an issue of power as well as material hardship and how Christian Aid is working with communities to tackle poverty.