Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme 

Title: Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP)
Status: Ongoing
Duration: 2014 – 2021
Budget: US$182.1 million 
Coverage: National
SDG: SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth and SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Partners: The Governments of Iraq and Kurdistan Region
Latest Report: Annual Report 2019

Programme Summary

Since its liberation from ISIL, Iraq’s focus has shifted to post-conflict development and growth. The Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme is designed to support economic recovery through building the skills and capacity of workers, employers and the government. Building on several years of continued success, ICRRP demonstrates the importance of a holistic, integrated and community-driven approach to set the stage for Iraq’s full recovery, prevent further deterioration of post-crisis situations and rebuild peoples’ lives.

Critical to the broader recovery mandate of UNDP Iraq, ICRRP’s economic recovery efforts are designed to address both the immediate and longer-term needs of the country. This is achieved through activities such as skills training and short-term employment to rehabilitate basic services and the mainstreaming of social cohesion activities in order to reduce the resurgence of conflict and social tensions.

UNDP through ICRRP supports livelihoods and local economic recovery efforts aimed at:

  1. Providing emergency livelihoods opportunities for IDPs, especially to those who are facing protracted or secondary displacement, including through cash-for-work and small start-up grants to set-up micro and small businesses;
  2. Facilitating the return of IDPs by providing sustainable income-generating opportunities to returnees at their place of origin, including through small business and value chain development, and job-placement and/or on-the-job-training;
  3. Providing long-term income-generating opportunities to Syrian refugees through sustainable forms of employment that will strengthen their future employability;
  4. Supporting highly vulnerable people in host communities, especially the most vulnerable who are not covered by the Government’s basic social security, or women, youth and elderly-headed households through targeted income-generating opportunities;
  5. Strengthening and improving the capacity of governments and employers groups to address the livelihoods needs of populations in a post-crisis environment.
Kulee participated in cash-for-work training in Urban Agriculture. She was able to grow enough tomatoes and cucumbers to feed her family and sell at the market.


What have we achieved so far

  • Provided employment opportunities to more than 23,000 IDPs, refugees and vulnerable host community members through cash-for-work;
  • Supported over 8,000 small business (including 3,517 owned by women) through asset recovery and small business grants;
  • Built the skills of over to 7,000 IDPs, refugees and vulnerable host community members through vocational training and more than 10,000 were trained in business development and employability trainings;
  • Improved access to basic services for more than 9 million community members as a result of the rehabilitation of service infrastructure through cash-for-work, including electricity, water, health, education and roads infrastructure since 2014.


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