This report by ROIA presents an insight into the infrastructure needs in the Azaz region of Northern Syria and represents an output for a project conducted by a consortium of Syrian NGOs on behalf of the UNDP (see box below). This report will serve as the foundation for community discussions with expert stakeholders in Azaz and help ROIA identify viable, sustainable infrastructure pilot projects. In the interest of coordination and information sharing, ROIA has opted to share its finding publicly.
In Azaz, like so many other areas inside Syria, there is a lack of current, publicly available data for NGOs and agencies to use to inform their programming. Preliminary desk research revealed few sources of needs data collected within the last 12 months and that which did exist was almost exclusively purposive and not statistically representative.
Given the limited time and resources allocated to conduct primary data collection, ROIA also opted to employ qualitative and purposive methods, namely Key Informant Interviews (KIIs). These interviews were conducted over the month of August 2018 with community stakeholders in Azaz with the authority to talk about infrastructure matters. The report yields insights into shelter and education infrastructure, as well as WASH and markets & communications.