Our Stories

  • Apr 23, 2017

    Baghdad- Women and girls in Iraq have become more vulnerable as a result of the ongoing conflict and instability, as well as the increasing numbers of refugees and internally displaced people. In response, UNDP has been working with the Government and civil society to raise awareness, address violations, and build preventive mechanisms, specifically related to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

  • UNDP-Shell Partnership: Reshaping a learning journey
    Apr 23, 2017

    Baneen is amongst the nearly 300 students at Al Jawadain Primary School enjoying and benefiting from new facilities, rehabilitated in early 2016 under the UNDP-Shell Partnership.

  • From illiteracy to financial literacy: Karima can now provide for her children and “keep dignity”
    Apr 23, 2017

    Widowed at an early age, raising five children including a disabled son is a tough struggle for an illiterate woman. Now a proud owner of the only minimarket in her neighbourhood, 40- year-old Karima is able to sustain her family.

  • UNDP-Shell partnership rehabilitates primary school in Basra to improve educational outcomes
    Apr 23, 2017

    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.

  • “I can see a better future ahead” Improving women’s livelihoods in Ninewah, Iraq
    Mar 8, 2017

    Ninewah, 08 March 2017– For a young Yazidi woman who survived upheaval and displacement in northern Iraq, hope and stability finally arrived in an unexpected form: plump brown quails, and their tiny speckled eggs.

  • Innovative Iraqi idea receives top prize
    Nov 29, 2016

    A number of remarkable young Iraqi entrepreneurs are managing to break through and establish successful businesses. One such individual was Sarhang Hars, a master’s degree student from Iraq’s Kurdistan Region whose idea recently won the Hurilab competition in Armenia.

  • Tikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISIL
    Nov 8, 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.

  • Young Iraqi painter Rami al-Tamimi: “I draw energy from my disability”
    Oct 19, 2016

    Disabled at birth and born to an art loving family in Basra Southern Iraq, Rami al-Tamimi, now 23, has grown into a fine artist. A spinal birth defect has affected his ability to walk. Yet, to Rami, the ancient city of Basra located on the Shatt al-Arab waterway, being part of the historic location of Sumer and also home to beautiful palm tree farms, has been quite an inspiration.