On-going security crisis in Syria and many regions across Iraq – including Sinjar, continues to prevent the return of IDPs and refugees, whether concerned for the safety of their families or with such severe damage to their homes, that they have no access to suitable shelter.
Today, the governorate of Dohuk is still hosting more than 320,000 IDPs  and 88,262 Refugees  – both in-camp and living in various host communities. This not only requires the investment of government to provide access to basic services for a greater number of people, but it creates greater competition for shelter, food, water and jobs.
This is why, in addition to asset replacement, UNDP Iraq’s partnership with ZSVP also encompasses a job placement programme, placing 120 refugees, IDPs and host community members in sustainable jobs with a variety of private sector partners.
Bafreen (18), Danar (20) and Payman (23), were all recently selected to work with a local company, processing meat and meat products for delivery to stores across Dohuk and Erbil. A small factory, employing 12 people, the management welcomed the young workers to help with the preparation of products and the packaging of ready-to-sell kebab, tka and potata chap. “We have learned a lot from the other staff since we began working here,” explains Bafreen. “We like working in the food industry – and we like to eat the food which we prepare!” she continued.