The UK’s humanitarian support to Syria

DFID overcame substantial barriers to the delivery of aid, such as food, shelter and vaccines but took too long to put the required staffing and resources in place

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 24 May 2018
  3. Type: Performance review
  4. Subject: Fragile states, Humanitarian assistance
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: Syria
  7. Lead commissioner: Alison Evans


ICAI published its review on the UK’s humanitarian support to Syria in May 2018, awarding a green-amber score. We made eight recommendations, and published a follow-up to this review in July 2019.

The conflict in Syria has been one of the most brutal in modern history, costing nearly half a million lives, displacing more than 12 million people from their homes and leaving 5.6 million in severe humanitarian need in Syria.

In response, the UK mounted its largest-ever humanitarian operation, committing £2.71 billion to the regional response since 2012, with £910 million allocated for humanitarian operations in Syria and has had to overcome substantial operational challenges to the delivery of aid.



Published 11 September 2017

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published 24 May 2018

Government response

Published 5 July 2018

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 18 July 2018

ICAI follow-up

Published 18 July 2019