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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Kurani Ainkawa Multi-Purpose Centre: Empowering a diverse community of IDPs, refugees and vulnerable population in ErbilKurani Ainkawa Multi-Purpose Centre: Empowering a diverse community of IDPs, refugees and vulnerable population in Erbil“In August 2014, my life turned upside down when we fled from our home in Sinjar and ISIL captured our town,” says Mohammed, 24.

  • Resilience success in Basra: Thousands of IDPs and host community members to benefit from new water plantResilience success in Basra: Thousands of IDPs and host community members to benefit from new water plant“My family and I have been living in this area for a long time. It has been so difficult and expensive to obtain clean water for drinking or other purposes,” said Mr. Hussein Salim, a worker who lives in the neighborhood of the 5-Miles Camp for Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in Basra. “With this project we will be able to come here and pay a reasonable price for our daily use,” he added, commenting on the opening of a new Reverse Osmosis (RO) water plant in the popular al-Asri market on 1 February 2016.

  • Getting Back on Track: A small cake factory provides skills training and an economic lifeline for displaced Yazidi womenGetting Back on Track: A small cake factory provides skills training and an economic lifeline for displaced Yazidi womenThe 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, now living in and around the Sharia Camp near the city of Dohuk.

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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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