Poverty Reduction


Through our programmes we aim to promote sustainable human development by reducing poverty and generating jobs and livelihoods that help to improve the quality of life of all Iraqis.

Our Goals

The proposed outcome in this area is to ensure the GoI has the necessary institutional framework to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in line with pro-poor, equitable and inclusive socioeconomic and environmental policies and strategies. UNDP will support Iraq in accelerating inclusive growth to ensure equitable, broad-based human development is attained by all citizens in Iraq. The CPAP is designed to strengthen national structures and processes to systematically track and review progress towards the MDGs by collecting and analysing data disaggregated by gender, age and location.more

Local Area Development

A beneficiary of the Local Area Development Programme proudly stands next to his shop in Emdayna area, Northern Iraq, 2010.more

Our Stories

The Playgrounds Project, under the UNDP-Shell Partnership, provides children and youth in the sub-districts of Al Nashwa and Al Dair with safe play areas in their neighbourhoods. Photo: Farah Sayegh/UNDP Iraq/2016

Enabling children to grow, develop skills and remain safe

Basra, 08 June 2017- “Every day on my way home from school, my friends and I spend our afternoon playing at the playground,” said Mahdi, 11, frommore 

Nazeer has been running his family’s carpentry workshop in Al Nashwa sub-district in Basra where he benefited from the Livelihoods Project, under the UNDP-Shell Partnership. Photo: Farah Sayegh/UNDP Iraq/2016

UNDP-Shell Partnership: Carving the path to sustainable economic growth

Basra, 03 May 2017- Along with his father, 37 year-old Nazeer has been running the family’s small carpentry workshop for years in Basra, South of Iraq. Hismore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • UNDP-Shell Partnership

    UNDP, through its Iraq Inclusive Growth an Private Sector Development (IGPSD) cluster, entered into a partnership with Shell Iraq in a bid to meet the needs of the people in Basra, in line with the United Nations Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF).more 

  • Reconstruction of the Kurdistan Region's Electricity Sector

    This project aims to enhance the outreach and reliability of the electricity network in Iraq's Kurdistan Region by upgrading transmission and distribution systems.more 

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