During eight years of war more than a third of Syria’s infrastructure has been destroyed or damaged. Small-scale rehabilitation projects that are not subject to political interference remain the most effective tool to prevent the collapse of public services. These projects also help improve living and security conditions for the Syrian people, as well as reduce instability and wider impediments to recovery.
In support of these principles, the Syria Street Lighting Rehabilitation Project project aims to rehabilitate, restore and renew the street-lighting infrastructure in Raqqa.
Street lighting is an essential public service that provides a safer environment for night-time vehicle traffic and pedestrians. Proper use of street lighting can be considered as a health and safety necessity which provides economic and social benefits to communities including:
- Reduction in night-time accidents that result in injury, death and economic loss
- Safer streets to walk and travel along, where people feel more secure and there is less criminal activity
- Promotion of business activities and public interactions after sunset
- Low energy solutions to reduce demand on electrical infrastructure and lessen greenhouse gas emissions
- Rehabilitation of conflict damaged streetlights removes visible scars of war and evidences a return of pre-conflict services
Beyond being a health and safety necessity for drivers and pedestrians, street-lighting allows formal and informal vendors and traders to operate for longer hours and makes streets feel safer and more secure, especially for women.
Direct Beneficiaries – 44,000 (estimated daily footfall on target streets)
Indirect Beneficiaries – 177,636 (estimated urban population of Raqqa)