The Anna Lindh Foundation’s Network in Syria has involved civil society organisations working in different cities and towns in the country, including Damascus, Homs and Aleppo. The Arab Academy in Damascus has been the coordinator of the Syrian Network since 2005.
Between 2006 and 2007 the Anna Lindh Foundation organised a training for multipliers for the Syrian civil society on project proposals writing and development. Among the projects funded by the Foundation in the framework of the ‘1001 Actions for Dialogue’ campaign in 2008, there were the Syrian actions ‘Go East! Go Syria’ and the ‘Sham Spiritual Oasis’. Through the action ‘Go East! Go Syria’, people were brought together to Damascus from a range of countries, including Germany, Turkey and Jordan, with workshops and meetings on the topics of education for dialogue and Syrian-European relations. Within the programme, the major public event was the organisation of the European Cultural Day where each participating cultural centre presented an activity from its country.
The winner of the first edition of the Euro-Med Dialogue Award was Mar Musa Al Habashi Monastery in Syria for its proactive role in the field of interreligious dialogue through an approach of mediationand mutual respect. On behalf of the Monastery, Father Paolo participated in the ALF ad-hoc group ‘Major Misconceptions in Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue’ in cooperation with the Arab League (Cairo 2006), the Dialogue Night held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (2006), the Debate on Art and Dialogue (May 2008) organised by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow. In March 2010, Deema Fayad, representative of Deir Mar Musa attended the first Anna Lindh Civil Society Forum for Intercultural DIalogue, which was held in Spain.