“Relief & Reconciliation for Syria AISBL” is an international non-profit organisation under based in Brussels. We were established on 2 January 2013 and recognised by Royal Decree of the King of the Belgians on 18 December 2013. We will keep the strict accountancy rules of Belgian law and publish our financial record within an annual report on our website.
Born out of a group of friends who had all lived in Syria or neighbouring countries, we count today more than 350 individual members, currently organised in 10 national chapters. Our national groups are meeting regularly for organising national fundraising campaigns and for participating in the governance of the international NGO through the General Assembly and the Board of Directors.
Five of our national chapters have obtained an own legal personality for facilitating tax-deductible donations. However, they remain linked by contract or memorandum of understanding with the international branch. In our first country of operations, R&R Lebanon has obtained an own legal personality on 11 April 2013, which was confirmed by the Lebanese Minister of Interior on 27 September 2013.
We have given ourselves strict internal rules to govern this trans-national structure. We will keep a unified accountancy of all national chapters in order to provide for full transparency in our funding and in our spending. Our international Board of Directors is meeting several times a year to control our activities on the ground.
Please contact us here if you are motivated to join our team and become yourself a member of R&R Syria!
The General Assembly
At least once a year, all international members of R&R Syria are invited to come together for the Ordinary General Assembly, which is our main legislative body. The main task of the General Assembly is to give orientations for the future work of R&R Syria and to elect and discharge its governing Board of Directors. For this purpose, the General Assembly receives and adopts the annual report and has to decide upon the annual budget for the upcoming year. So far, the Ordinary General Assembly has convened at the following dates and places:
The Board or one third of our Governing Members may convoke at any other time an Extraordinary General Assembly to discuss and decide urgent matters and most notably an amendment of our Statutes. So far, three Extraordinary General Assemblies have been convoked for the following dates and places:
The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of R&R Syria. Its most important decisions are published in the Official Journal of Belgium.
The Board of Directors
The international Board of Directors is the governing body of R&R Syria that is taking all major decisions and that is overseeing the staff. It is composed by three to fifteen Governing Members of R&R Syria who are elected for a renewable term of two years by the General Assembly. Several times per month, the Board is meeting in a secure virtual meeting room to govern and control our activities on the ground.
All Board Members are volunteering to fulfill its role. The Executive Board, composed by the Chairperson, the Secretary General and the Treasurer, is representing R&R Syria towards the outside world and have to sign executive decisions of the Board. The Board can nominate one or several Delegates to the daily management of the association. Currently, the Board has appointed one Chief Executive Officer who is serving under the control of the Board as general manager.
The Board of Directors established three standing committees for dealing with the internal governance, operations and fundraising. The Board has also adopted General Rules of Engagement, a General Security Policy, a General Finance and Accounting Policy and a General Procurement Policy, besides several other decisions on strategy and operations that are governing our work.
Cover photo: meeting of our Lebanese chapter in Beirut
Statutes of R&R Syria AISBL in French and English:
Internal Rules of Procedure of R&R Syria AISBL in English:
General Rules of Engagement of R&R Syria AISBL in English: