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  • Tikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISILTikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISILTikrit was the first city where the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) was field-tested. Abandoned by its residents, the city was liberated in April 2015 after heavy fighting. For months, families delayed returning, fearful of retaliation, discouraged by the lack of services and jobs and worried by insecurity.

  • UNDP-Shell partnership rehabilitates primary school in Basra to improve educational outcomesUNDP-Shell partnership rehabilitates primary school in Basra to improve educational outcomesThe 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.

  • UNDP turns 50: Storytelling contest launched in Iraq to boost development coverageFeb 21, 2016UNDP turns 50: Storytelling contest launched in Iraq to boost development coverageAs the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the Country Office in Iraq launched today a storytelling contest, #DevStories, with the objective of raising public awareness on development challenges the country is facing and the tangible impact of UNDP’s work.

  • Jan 15, 2016Fast Facts: Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance ProjectThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance Project, as part of its Parliament, Civil Society and Human Rights Programme. The Fast Facts sheet summarizes key results achieved in 2015.

  • Easy and Affordable CounselEasy and Affordable CounselMany Iraqis confronting the judicial system do not have either the legal knowledge on how to defend or enforce their rights nor have the financial means to afford counsel. Eliza, a 14 year old Iraqi Kurdish girl fell in love with the neighbours’ son and became pregnant.

  • Equality Means BusinessEquality Means BusinessA number of remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to break social barriers and venture with successful small businesses came together to share the challenges they faced and how they overcame to become an integral part of the Iraqi economy.

  • Mayor of Tikrit: With the help of UNDP, people have reestablished essential services for our communityMayor of Tikrit: With the help of UNDP, people have reestablished essential services for our communityThe Mayor of Tikrit, Omar Tariq Ismail, says he is proud of the progress his city has made in the past seven months following liberation from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “With the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the people of Tikrit have reestablished the essential services for our community. With water stations and electrical grids repaired and police stations, healthcare centres and schools rebuilt, people can now restart their lives.”

  • After months of displacement, 25 year-old Ayad: UNDP helped restart the life of my family in TikritAfter months of displacement, 25 year-old Ayad: UNDP helped restart the life of my family in TikritFor 25 year-old Ayad, the café he owns in the city of Tikrit, in Salah al-Din Governorate in Iraq, with his three brothers is the realization of a life-long dream and a valuable source of income and stability for his family.

  • Fallujah Maternity and Children’s Hospital OpensFallujah Maternity and Children’s Hospital Opens

  • Dignity Restored - Maryam's StoryDignity Restored - Maryam's Story

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Developing a Private Sector Housing Finance Market in Iraq

Due to population growth, rapid urbanisation, wars, international sanctions, internal conflict and displacement, providing affordable housing to all citizens is one of the main social and political challenges in today’s Iraq. Therefore, the Iraq National Housing Policy (INHP) main policy goals are to establish an enabling environment to attract private sector engagement, especially in the housing finance sector.

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