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Top Mountain Business Accelerator Entrepreneurship Workshop Iraq
November 13, 2020

USAID is providing a direct grant to Top Mountain, a local organization based in the Kurdistan region, to promote entrepreneurship and improve Iraqis’ employability and job-readiness. 

An Iraqi woman harvesting amber rice in southern Iraq
November 3, 2020

The Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) project (known in Arabic as Tahfeez, meaning “encouragement”), helps Iraq’s vulnerable communities be more adaptive, resolve conflict, and enhance livelihoods through local private sector growth and job creation. 

Iraqi protests 2019 Baghdad Tahrir Square
November 3, 2020

Transparent and fair elections are an important step in the democratic process and contribute to national stability. USAID is supporting the Iraqi electoral process by building the organizational capacity of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and fostering inclusive and responsive civic engagement by all Iraqis. 

Iraqi SME Baghdad start-up
October 25, 2020

Promoting a productive Iraqi SME ecosystem requires ensuring access to financing.  Designed in 2014, USAID’s Middle East and North Africa Investment Initiative (MENA II) seeks to revitalize economic activity in post-ISIS Iraq by providing support to early stage businesses to promote sustainable job creation, improve business competitiveness, and encourage increased equity investment in early stage businesses. 

Yezidi genocide commemoration in Iraq
October 23, 2020

Assistance to religious and ethnic minority communities in Iraq is a continuation of USAID's work to promote inclusive development in our partner countries, defend human dignity and religious freedom globally, and aid communities in times of need.