Based in Turkey, Operations and Policy Center is an independent Syrian policy research institution and solutions provider to humanitarian, governmental, and development bodies.
Every year, the Syrian Government releases merchandise trade data broken down, destination or country of origin, value, quantity, and commodity type, making it a valuable resource for analysts. This research tool pulls the scattered data together for easier access.
Syria’s regime-controlled areas witnessed several economic crises in late 2019 and 2020, leading to an exceptional deterioration in living standards. Operations and Policy Center (OPC) surveyed 600 respondents in three Damascus neighborhoods to assess Damascenes’ main economic activities: work, consumption, and spending.
This study outlines how Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is taking over Idlib’s economy since its transformation from the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda to the de facto authority in the area. While the takeover is incomplete, the extent to which it will continue is primarily determined by Turkey’s tolerance of the group.
Humanitarian and development program planning, management, and evaluation
Bespoke policy research
Policy formulation and consultation
Technical support and data analysis
Your bridge to Syria
OPC’s core team is made up of both international researchers and Syrians who now live in New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, France, and the UK. The team’s deep networks within Syria, combined with their years working with clients abroad, helps them tailor impactful policy solutions.
An all-hands-on-deck approach
The OPC team is made up of economists, statisticians, sociologists, journalists, programmers, and civil society activists. OPC’s all-hands-on-deck approach means that each study and consultation is considered from every angle, creating a truly holistic final product.
Compelling visual communication
No matter how rich the information, a blasé presentation significantly reduces its impact. OPC’s programmers, statisticians, and graphic designers are highly experienced in presenting the most significant findings in intuitive, compelling visualizations.
A one-stop shop
With its experience in project management and a full in-house production staff, OPC can design, manage, and implement a project from start to finish. Each project goes through several steps from the design phase to the final product, with donors and clients kept in the loop at every point.
Independent, agenda-free research
The long list of donors and institutional partners help OPC ensure neutrality. The funding from donors comes with no strings attached.
Innovation, not aggregation
Every publication, consultation, and study OPC produces is original, often relying on primary source material gathered by our researchers. OPC does not aggregate information or data for clients; rather, it collects and creates new data. OPC situates its work within the existing literature, ensuring that clients receive exclusive, original analysis.