Iraq: Sustainable livelihoods and environment
Before the war, the majority of households supported themselves with agriculture. However, once people started returning home, they found their farms in ruins. The majority of the returnees have found their businesses in ruins and local economy and infrastructure has been devastated to such an extent that establishing an alternative source of income proves immensely difficult. The poverty rates are highest in areas most affected by the fighting and often exceed 40 %.
We are addressing these acute needs through a multi-sectoral approach combining direct cash assistance, cash for work schemes, business grants, or vocational trainings on the one hand, and rehabilitating critical local infrastructure and water facilities on the other.