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

Basra Student
Baneen, 12, has attended Al Jawadain School since the first grade and hopes to continue her education journey to become an architect.

UNDP-Shell Partnership: Reshaping a learning journey

Basra, 23 April 2017- Baneen is amongst the nearly 300 students at Al Jawadain Primary School enjoying and benefiting from new facilities, rehabilitated in early 2016 undermore 

Shell beneficiary Basra
Widowed Karima now owns a minimarket in Al Nashwa sub-district of Basra.

From illiteracy to financial literacy: Karima can now provide for her children and “keep dignity”

Basra, 8 November 2016- Widowed at an early age, raising five children including a disabled son is a tough struggle for an illiterate woman. Now a proudmore 

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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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