Crisis Prevention & Recovery

Overview

Iraq faces a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Alarming development gaps and security risks directly affect 5 million people, of which nearly 2.5 million have fled their homes in the central and northern regions, seeking refuge in Kurdistan, and other governorates such as Karbala, Diyala, Najaf and Basra. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq itself hosts 970,000 displaced persons and 245,000 Syrian refugees (as of March 2015). The impact of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis extends beyond populations to all institutions, systems and political processes.More

Our Goals

UNDP helps achieve an early recovery and rapid return to sustainable development pathways in post-conflict and post-disaster settingsmore

Resilience

Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programmemore

Our Stories

Basra
An additional 200 students will be able study at the Al Jawadain Primary school in the coming academic year. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

UNDP-Shell partnership rehabilitates primary school in Basra to improve educational outcomes

The long conflict in Iraq has gravely affected the education sector, imposing numerous challenges on accessibility, delivery, sustainability and quality of this vital public service. Over time, specifically the poor quality of facilities available to students can be a demotivating factor that limits learning opportunities.more 

Yazidi women in Dohuk
Yazidi women, living in the Sharia Camp near Dohuk, prepare the dough for the day. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Getting back on track: A small cake factory provides skills training and an economic lifeline for displaced Yazidi women

The Dost Bakery, a small cake factory, was established in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in the autumn of 2015. Dost means “friend” in Kurdish, and the bakery is indeed run by ten friends, all women and most of them displaced members of the Yazidi minority. more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme

    Iraq faces a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Alarming development gaps and security risks affect 5 million people, of which nearly 2.5 million have fled their homes in the central and northern regions, in addition to 245,000 Syrians seeking refuge in Kurdistan. UNDP leads the UN support to employment and income generation through local NGO partners, so that people are able to take care of themselves and become less dependent on handouts. more 

  • Umm Qasr Sustainable Navigational Aids

    Over 25 years the level of maritime traffic in Iraq has significantly declined, and a lack of visual navigation aids have restricted the full recovery of the industry. This project enhances visual navigation aids at Iraq's southern port to meet international standards.more 

  • Drought Risk Management

    Given the frequency of drought in Iraq, its area of effect, and impact on people's lives, it is considered a natural disaster requiring immediate attention and mitigation. This project helps develop a national plan to help Iraq manage the risk of drought.more 

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