TURKEY and LEBANON - Resilience in Local Governance

Resilience in Local Governance (RESLOG) is a Project, started in 2018, that aims to strengthen the capacity of local government systems by increasing resilience in accordance with the principles of peacefulness and inclusiveness in Turkey and Lebanon, two countries seriously affected by the Syrian Crisis.

Logo RESLOG Resilience in Local Governance

RESLOG aims to strengthen the capacity of local government systems by increasing resilience in accordance with the principles of peacefulness and inclusiveness in Turkey and Lebanon. From that perspective, the main goals of RESLOG are:

  • To strengthen inter-municipal learning and support structures through regional associations
  • To improve holistic planning and governance at municipal level
  • Improve national migration policies to reflect local realities and needs

Resilience in Local Governance (RESLOG) Project is carried out by the Swedish Local Authorities and Regions Association (SALAR), through its affiliate SKL-International.

The City of Adana support the cohabitation of Turkish and Syrian inhabitants as well as encouraging employment opportunities for women

The city of Adana in Turkey has welcomed 250 000 Syrian refugees, far more than the total number of Syrians settling in Sweden as a whole.

Such a rapid increase in population causes many challenges for the local authorities. In Turkey, SKL International through its RESLOG project support municipalities in becoming more resilient in the face of the Syrian refugee crisis. In this video produced by the city of Adana itself, one of the stories in how it support the cohabitation of Turkish and Syrian inhabitants as well as encouraging employment opportunities for women by the help of RESLOG is told.

It is also an enticement for delicious Turkish and Syrian sweets!

Report: Lebanon's Disadvantage - face a long, uphill battle

Prior to the projects’ start a thorough pre-study was carried out in Syria’s neighboring countries. Now three years have passed and the regional context has changed significantly. Therefore SKL International has together with the Senior Analyst Bitte Hammargren produced the report Lebanon’s disadvantaged face a long, uphill battle.

The purpose of the report is to gain a more up-to-date understanding of the situation in Lebanon and how this context affect refugees as well as their host communities and authorities at the local level. The report describe challenges as well as opportunities donor communities could consider.

RESLOG supported Lebanese municipalities in combating Covid -19 through development of the Salamati app.

"Salamati was more than a health-crisis monitoring system; it's been a living model of building capacities and collaboration between the community, local authorities, and refugees that made all the partners enabled and empowered. " – Souraya Hammoud, Deputy Contry Project Manager

Turkish municipalities co-write book on experiences working with Syrian migration

In its “Knowledge Generation” activities RESLOG work to strengthen Regional Unions of Municipalities and their member municipalities knowledge base on topics related to migration. This is done through publications on topics as for ex “Intercultural cities”, “Urban profiling” ( as a mean to overcome lack of statistics) by experts in the field. This time the municipalities themselves came together to share their experiences in receiving Syrian refugees resulting in the publication “Syrian migration and municipal experiences in Turkey”.

SKL International

SKL International is a company, owned by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). We focus on the development of well-functioning local and regional administrations.