The Role of MSMEs in Syria in Poverty Reduction and Peacebuilding: Challenges and...

Authors: Zaki Mehchy, Rim Turkmani and Mazen Gharibah

This report delves into the current and potential contribution of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Syria to poverty reduction and peacebuilding at the local level. It adopts a set of interlinked assumptions, including that MSMEs can play a crucial role in local peacebuilding by reducing poverty and enhancing social cohesion, but they require a supportive business environment that also deals with the impact of the prolonged conflict in Syria on MSMEs, such as restricted access to finance, corruption, infrastructure destruction, and displacement of people.

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