The report, titled “The Reality of Entrepreneurship in Northwest Syria,” highlights innovative businesses that have emerged in response to challenges such as the lack of income and energy sources, closed internal and border crossings, and economic collapse caused by the ongoing war. These businesses have provided job opportunities for many people and have addressed the problems faced by the population due to the difficult conditions created by the war.
The study used a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, to collect and present data on distinctive entrepreneurial projects. The research included 211 interviews with entrepreneurs as well as 669 perception surveys conducted with salaried workers across various sectors. The assessment took place in 211 cities, towns, and camps in the Idleb and Aleppo governorates, with 70 enumerators conducting face-to-face interviews and surveys. Data collection was conducted in August 2022.
The report outlines the most significant areas of private businesses, providing information on starting a private business, entrepreneurial infrastructure, community awareness of entrepreneurial businesses, and entrepreneurial incubators. Additionally, the study offers recommendations on linking young people in northern Syria with businesses that have opportunities for remote work, connecting skilled workers with employers in Syria, entrepreneurship training and education, and strengthening the partnership between capital and professionals.