Project profile — Support to Independent Media in Syria (SIMS)



Overview 

CA-3-P008191001
$7,085,502
United States Department of State
2020-12-15 - 2022-03-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Syria (100.00%)

Sector 

• Communication: Radio/television/print media (22030) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)

Description 

This project aims to counter disinformation by providing Syrians with reliable and truthful information to reduce violence and promote stabilization. The Syrian Regime, Russia, Iran and extremist groups are known to be using disinformation in Syria to advance their agendas, creating further chaos and violence. This project produces and distributes media content through local independent media. Issues addressed through media content include national and local security, political processes, the economy, women’s issues, and health issues, including COVID-19.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved access for Syrians to unbiased, accurate, and locally relevant information as a means to empower citizens, promote accountability, and counter violent extremist narratives; (2) improved Syrian media outlets’ capabilities to counter Russian, the Syrian regime, and other state-backed disinformation efforts in Syria, and enhance the ability of Syrians to recognize disinformation; and (3) improved journalistic production and management capacity, enhance editorial standards and expand the broadcast and online reach of independent media stations in Syria.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of May 2022 include: (1) eight Syrian media outlets have been able to continue their operations and production of independent media content; (2) twelve new programs focus on thematic areas and current events, for example, the roles and rights of women in Syria, public health priorities, political process facilitated by the United Nations, countering violent extremism, and building social cohesion; (3) increased capacity of over 300 journalists and producers. Achieved by offering content development workshops and mentoring exercises and by setting editorial performance standards; and (4) increased women journalists reporting on the air, in news and non-news programs and number of women journalists overall. The average percentage of women on-air as reporters or presenters has increased from 28% to 33%. Women story actors or interviewees has increased from 22% to 25%.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transactions
Transaction Date Type Value
31-03-2022 Disbursement $2,085,502
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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