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At the heart of the AFNS is the flexibility to prioritise and fund at scale Syrian NGOs, who are the backbone of the response in northern Syria

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Our mission

The AFNS brings together donor countries, multilateral agencies and nongovernmental organisations in a collaborative arrangement with a collective mission to maintain the continuity of flexible multi-donor humanitarian assistance to northern Syria in a dynamic context and in harmony with the Humanitarian Response Plan.

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The objectives of AFNS are to

  • Save lives: Provide lifesaving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people with an emphasis on those in areas with high severity of needs.
  • Strengthen localisation, early recovery, and harmonisation: Supporting community- based, inclusive, rights-based and conflict-sensitive action that does no harm, contributes to positive change, and drives gender, age, ability, and equality.
  • Enhance protection: Enhance the prevention and mitigation of protection risks and respond to protection needs through supporting a protective environment in Syria, by promoting adherence to the rule-of-law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and through principled assistance.
  • Increase resilience: Increase the resilience of affected communities by improving access to more sustainable livelihood opportunities and basic services, especially among the most vulnerable households and communities.
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The AFNS delivers two types of allocations:

  • Regular Allocations: Regular Allocations are rounds of grant funding for implementing partners to deliver humanitarian assistance considering all sectors as set out in the AFNS policy and procedural framework.
  • Special Allocations: Special Allocations are similar to Regular Allocations, but can be subject to amendments to deal with special circumstances, including a refined scope. Any such amendments must be explicitly approved by the AFNS Steering Board.

Our implementing partners

AFNS is currently providing grant funding to the following organisations:

Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU)

Al-Sham Humanitarian Foundation (AHF)

Ataa Humanitarian Relief Foundation

Bahar Organization

BINAA for development

Bonyan Organization

CARE International

Ghiras Al-Nahda

Global Communities

GOAL Global

Hand in Hand for Aid and Development (HiHFAD)

Independent Doctors Association (IDA)

Ihsan Relief and Development

Islamic Relief

IYD International Humanitarian Relief Association

MENTOR Initiative

Muzun for Humanitarian & Development

Mercy Without Limits (MWL)

Nasaem Khiar Organization (NKO)

International Association for Relief and Development (ONSUR)

Orange Organization

Physicians Across Continents (PAC)

People in Need (PIN)

Sadad Organization



Shafak Organization

Social Development International (SDI)

Syria Relief

Syria Relief and Development (SRD)

Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)

Takaful Al-Sham (TAS)

Turkish Red Crescent (TRC)

UOSSM International

Violet Organization

WATAN Foundation

Welthungerhilfe (WHH)

White Hands

Women Support Association (WSA)

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How is AFNS responding to the earthquakes affecting the northwest of Syria?

The first AFNS allocation was designed with a focus on providing lifesaving health and cash and voucher assistance, which continues to be highly relevant in responding to the aggravated needs in earthquake-affected areas. The proposal designs have been reviewed and adjusted to ensure current priorities and new gaps are reflected.

The AFNS Steering Board approved the reallocation of savings under the Health priority to address immediate, lifesaving needs and the addition of a fourth Priority Area to address additional emergency response activities on February 13th. AFNS aims to finalise all grant agreements in late February and early March.

Additional donor funding was mobilised, increasing the size of the allocation from USD $24 million to $32 million, and the number of projects from 8 to 11. As a result, we can respond more effectively and reach more people affected by the earthquake.