Youth development programme: Blended delivery in northeast Syria

The lessons learned paper reviews a youth development programme supported by the British Council in northeast Syria. It reflects on the key successes and challenges of a blended learning approach used for the programme delivery in Raqqa and Qamishli.

The methodology mixed in-person learning and training with online sessions. The training took place in two centres with an internet connection, audio equipment and cameras. The participants from both areas were physically present in the centres with the facilitators, and the trainers conducted the sessions remotely.

The paper includes a high-level context overview and an analysis of existing project documents and primary data collection through focal group discussions and interviews with project stakeholders and actors living and implementing interventions in northeast Syria.

The paper also contains an overview of the successes and challenges of a similar intervention in four government-controlled cities in the west of the country: Hama, Tartus, Homs and Latakia. It builds on other research findings and provides recommendations for future programming.