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1.What is CCSD?

The Center for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD) is an independent, non-profit NGO. CCSD seeks to build a stable society where justice, sustainable peace and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms prevail.

Since its establishment in 2012, CCSD has been worked to build a stronger, more cohesive Syrian civil society by supporting organizations and individuals.

2.What is of the focus of CCSD?

CCSD’s work focuses on issues related to Syria.

3.What is the relationship between CCSD and the European Union?

The European Union is one of the main supporters and donors to issues related to Syria in general, and there is a good relationship with regard to working on human rights issues, political transition and women’s rights.

4.What is CCSD’s stance on the Syrian government?

Since its establishment, CCSD considers the Syrian government as a totalitarian and repressive regime that has suppressed freedoms, committed atrocities against civilians and violated human rights. The core of CCSD’s work and activities is confronting tyranny and human rights violators, as well as defending human rights and freedoms.

5. What is CCSD’s stance on the Syrian opposition?

CCSD is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization. Accordingly, CCSD is independent from all of the parties to the conflict. At the same time, we do not consider ourselves neutral in the face of human rights violations and oppression. Rather, we retain our independence from specific individuals and groups.

6.What is CCSD’s relationship to political bodies and the opposition's negotiation delegation?

CCSD was one of the pioneers in pushing for the involvement of civil society organizations and women in the Geneva negotiations and political transition. From the outset, we have been involved in establishing the negotiating process and pushing for a political solution. We also participated in the Civil Society Support Room and the Syrian Women’s Initiative, as well as in the Women’s Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura. Our relations with the negotiating parties are confined to the political transition, and how to guarantee human rights and freedoms, in addition to confronting tyranny and building a democratic system.

7. What is CCSD’s stance on national reconciliation?

National reconciliation is necessary to address the wounds left by the conflict and decades of state repression. However, a reconciliation process that would yield positive results must be the outcome of a political agreement signed by the negotiating parties. Furthermore, reconciliation is not a goal, but the result of a broad national dialogue in which all are involved.

8. Where does CCSD get funding?

CCSD is funded by grants from a variety of channels including national governments, the United Nations, international organizations and individual donations.

9. How was CCSD established?

CCSD was established at the end of 2011 by a group of Syrian activists with the aim of supporting and strengthening civil society and institutional action, as well as promoting the concept of democracy. CCSD began its activities in 2012 through social media.

10. Where does CCSD work?

CCSD works in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Northern Iraq.

11. What does CCSD do?

Since its establishment, CCSD has focused on three main issues: Democracy, Human Rights and Freedom. We also attach great importance to supporting and strengthening civil society.
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12. How can I become part of CCSD staff?

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13. Why does CCSD focus on women's issues more than other issues?

CCSD does not place more importance on one of the issues we believe in over others. The issues that face women are one of the issues that we attach great importance to.

14.What is the relationship between CCSD and its networks?

CCSD is currently functioning as the executive secretary of a number of networks and our role is limited to providing technical support. There are specific and clear working mechanisms governing these relationships. We work within a strategy which will allow self-management and independence of the networks.

15. Do you offer grants or funds?

In principle, we are not a donor organization, but some of our projects may include sub-grants.

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