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.