Iraq: Sustainable livelihoods and environment

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. 

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Ongoing aid

Rehabilitation of critical local infrastructure

Rehabilitation of critical local infrastructure

Our ongoing livelihood and cash-for-work (CfW) focused activities in the Bashiqa and Bahzani sub-districts strive to reduce local community’s vulnerability and support their resilience by increasing agricultural production and supporting immediate cash transfer to cover the immediate needs. Rehabilitation of critical irrigation schemes and crop and olive groves promotes sustainability by re-activating or strengthening pre-existing livelihood opportunities while relying on and further developing already present human capital and skills through involvement of local labour force in the rehabilitation works.
Supporting resilience and livelihood recovery

Supporting resilience and livelihood recovery

In cooperation with our Alliance2015 partners, we aim to provide multi-sectoral assistance to strengthen resilience of internally displaced persons and support recovery of host communities in Nineveh and Salah Al-Din governorates. Our joint programming focuses on the provision of tailored vocational and livelihood trainings targeting both rural and urban households and distribution of business reactivation grants to support small to middle-sized businesses in regaining their momentum. Overall, we are working toward the re-establishment of essential services, increased access to livelihood opportunities, improved access to water and sanitation facilities and generation of alternative sources of household income. As part of this project, we will also launch an access to employment centre and, together with the UNDP, open a reconstructed vocational training centre, both of which will ensure sustainability of our livelihood efforts even after the project’s end.
 

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