A layered disaster: Supporting long-term recovery in Turkey and Syria

12 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southern Turkey near the northern border of Syria on Feb. 6. The quake was followed approximately nine hours later by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake located around 59 miles (95 kilometers) to the southwest. Dozens of large aftershocks have also occurred.

In northwest Syria, 4.1 million people – primarily women and children – already depend on humanitarian assistance. While countries have offered to support Turkey, getting aid to affected Syrians is likely to be more difficult.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted a webinar to look at the earthquake’s impact on a region already destabilized by one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. The quake will undoubtedly exacerbate ongoing challenges and preexisting vulnerabilities.

Speakers shared the latest information, including critical needs and gaps, and provided concrete takeaways for funders to effectively support relief and recovery efforts now underway.

Alex Gray, CDP director of international funds, moderated the discussion and panelists included:

This webinar was co-sponsored by Alliance Magazine, Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose, Council on FoundationsGiving Compass, InterAction, Network of Engaged International Donors and Philanthropy New York.

Please see the slide deck, read the recap on Giving Compass and watch the webinar recording to learn more:

Photo: The Turkish Humanitarian Aid Brigade, serving in Kahramanmaraş, rescues a young man from the rubble after the earthquake, Feb. 7, 2023. Source: Republic of Türkiye Ministry of National Defence via Twitter