Collecting data on Syria requires: a) productive collaboration between local, national and international organizations and; b) a thoughtful strategy to ensure high quality data. Building on both, ACLED and a unique network of local partners are proud to present the highest quality, most comprehensive and collaborative dataset on the Syrian conflict produced to date.

Our Network

Our network includes a large number of Syrian and international partners both providing data management and methodological support, as well as providing data.

  1. Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR): Non-governmental and non-profit human rights organization documenting human rights violations.
  2. Airwars: A transparency project monitoring reported harm from international military actions, and advocating with militaries on behalf of affected civilians.
  3. The Carter Centre: Non-governmental and non-profit human rights organization working on a political resolution to the conflict. The Carter Center also monitors, documents, and analyses levels of violence in Syria.
  4. Liveuamap: Live Universal Awareness Map (“Liveuamap”) is an open data-driven media platform reporting on a variety of conflicts.
  5. Syria Direct: Non-governmental and non-profit journalism organization producing timely and credible coverage of Syria.
  6. The London School of Economics’ Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit (LSE-CCSR): The unit aims to understand the ways in which ordinary people seek to shape the decisions that affect their lives in conflict.
  7. International Security and Development Center (ISDC): Non-governmental and non-profit organization and research/advice/capacity-building center on international security and socio-economic development.
  8. Clingendael Institute: Non-governmental and non-profit leading think tank and academy on international affairs.

In addition we rely on information from Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), The Shaam News Network (SNN), Raqqa is being slaughtered silently (RBSS), Hawar News Agency (ANHA) and the United Nations’ Secretary-General’s monthly letter to the Security Council (UNSG-SC briefings). We are open to collaboration with partners who offer unique data on the conflict.

Methodology

Given the volume of data coming from Syria, ACLED has chosen to take an approach where baseline data is collected first using core sources (SOHR and Liveuamap) which are then subsequently ‘enriched’ using other sources (both public and private). The database is updated on an ongoing basis allowing for corrections to be made as new data becomes available. For a detailed explanation of our sampling strategy click here. For an Arabic version click here.

Type of Data Source Status
2018 Baseline Data SOHR Released
Liveuamap Released
Shaam News Released
Enrichment phase Airwars data To be released
SNHR  data To be released
Carter data To be released
Various local sources To be released
2017 Baseline Data SOHR Released
Liveuamap Released
Shaam News To be released
Enrichment phase Airwars data To be released
SNHR  data To be released
Carter data To be released
Various (local) sources To be released