Iraq: Sustainable livelihoods and environment

Iraq: Sustainable livelihoods and environment

After the fall of the self-proclaimed Islamic state, most people in Iraq, whether they returned after being displaced or stayed, found their businesses and/or farms in ruins. The local economy and infrastructure were devastated to such an extent that establishing an alternative source of income proved - and still proves - to be immensely difficult. Today, approximately 2.39 million people in Iraq still need emergency livelihoods support.

We are addressing these acute needs through a multi-sectoral approach combining direct cash assistance, cash for work schemes, business grants, and vocational trainings on the one hand, and rehabilitating critical local infrastructure and water facilities on the other. In 2020 alone, over 1,074 people were able to improve their living situation with dignity via vocational trainings, work placements, startup grants, or expansion grants for existing businesses.

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Past aid programmes

Improved School water supply, sanitation and Hygiene and reduced water-borne diseases in conflict-affected areas of Iraq

Improved School water supply, sanitation and Hygiene and reduced water-borne diseases in conflict-affected areas of Iraq

During the course of this project, PIN rehabilitated WASH facilities in 10 schools and distributed 2,860 hygiene kits to children in an attempt to improve the hygiene and general livelihoods of people in areas previously controlled by the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” who saw significant damage to local infrastructure. Additionally, PIN facilitated sanitary clubs and menstrual hygiene management sessions for boys and girls to teach children key behaviour techniques such as washing hands and de-stigmatizing menstruation.
 
Rehabilitation of critical local infrastructure

Rehabilitation of critical local infrastructure

Our livelihood and cash-for-work focused activities in the Bashiqa and Bahzani sub-districts strived to reduce local community’s vulnerability and support their resilience by increasing agricultural production and supporting immediate cash transfer to cover the immediate needs. Over 800 people in these districts benefited from the rehabilitation of critical irrigation schemes and crop and olive groves in 2019. These activities promote 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 provide multi-sectoral assistance to strengthen resilience of internally displaced persons and support recovery of host communities. Our joint programming focuses on the provision of tailored vocational and business trainings targeting urban households and distribution of business reactivation grants to support small to middle-sized businesses in regaining their momentum. Overall, we work 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 are partnering with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in supporting their Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Access to Employment centres to ensure the sustainability of our livelihood efforts even after the project’s end.
 

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