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  • Tikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISIL
    Jul 27, 2016

    Tikrit 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 outcomes
    Jun 5, 2016

    Basra, 31 May 2016 – 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.

  • Equality Means Business
    May 7, 2016

    A 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.

  • After months of displacement, 25 year-old Ayad: UNDP helped restart the life of my family in Tikrit
    Mar 2, 2016

    For 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.

  • Getting Back on Track: A small cake factory provides skills training and an economic lifeline for displaced Yazidi women
    Mar 2, 2016

    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, now living in and around the Sharia Camp near the city of Dohuk.

  • Resilience success in Basra: Thousands of IDPs and host community members to benefit from new water plant
    Feb 17, 2016

    Basra, 2 February 2016 – “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.

  • Mayor of Tikrit: With the help of UNDP, people have reestablished essential services for our community
    Feb 1, 2016

    Tikrit, 1 February 2016 - The 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.”

  • Fast Facts: Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance Project
    Jan 15, 2016

    The 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.

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