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

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Resilience

Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programmemore

Our Stories

  • Murad, 41, Khanke: "This job is like a breath of fresh air." © UNDP Iraq/2015

    Cash-for-work, a boost for vulnerable displaced families
    Khanke

    While most jobs involve manual labour and thus employ men, their entire families benefit from the short-term income they bring in. Cash-for-work provided temporary income to 2,360 displaced persons in camps in 2014.more

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

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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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