Much of the international support for Syrian civil society to date has concentrated on training workshops for activists outside the country. This benefits only a small, and highly selective, section of Syrian society: Usually those individuals who are self-confident and mobile, while the vast majority of the population can hope, at best, to benefit from the indirect impacts of such programmes.

By launching the Bihar Centre for Capacity Building, our aim is to help overcome this phenomenon of ‘elite capture’ and target more beneficiaries, and ultimately better serve the interests of the local community. Moreover, providing in-country training and development opportunities is a more cost-effective way of engaging society and enhancing the skills of its members.