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  • 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

  • Never give up on dreams of a better lifeNever give up on dreams of a better lifeSurvival can be summed up in three words – never give up. This is the saying of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP), who fled violence and live in camps the city of Basra.

  • Cash-for-work, a boost for vulnerable householdsCash-for-work, a boost for vulnerable householdsIn the face of Iraq's humanitarian emergency with 2.5 million displaced people, UNDP engaged with several local non-government organizations to offer cash-for-work, particularly for public works improving camp basic social infrastructure. These cash-for-work activities, provided temporary income to 2,360 displaced persons in camps in 2014.

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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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