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The crisis in Syria is entering its ninth year. With a reduction in active violence, there is a need to consider how the aid response is best meeting the needs of conflict-affected Syrians. Yet the political stance of donor governments, combined with access restrictions in Syria, is preventing humanitarian actors from supporting Syrians with sustainable access to basic services and livelihoods. This paper explores the changes that are needed to adapt the response to deliver the support Syrians themselves want.