Iraq Program Updates

Speeches Shim

The Safe Return team is dedicated to providing crucial services to help internally displaced persons from minority communities and who are survivors of severe human rights abuses successfully reintegrate.
November 25, 2020

USAID’s Safe Return project aims to reintegrate internally displaced persons from minority communities in the Ninewa Plain and Sinjar who are survivors of severe human rights abuses.

Consul General Rob Waller and Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil at the project signing ceremony
November 23, 2020

USAID is providing direct support to the Ankawa Humanitarian Committee (AHC) of the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil to strengthen its ability to deliver relief services for IDPs. The AHC, established by the Archdiocese of Erbil in 2020, is a non-governmental organization that seeks to provide relief programs for displaced persons.

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.