Country: Iraq

Mixed-faith families at risk in Iraq: ‘Rejected by the Muslims and by the Yezidis’

Since 2014, the Islamic State has visited unprecedented violence and persecution on populations in Iraq and Syria. One response from the international community to the resultant trauma has been to establish resettlement programmes providing international protection to selected survivors in Western countries. These programmes have targeted minority groups such as the Yezidis, whose extreme suffering… Read more »

Responding to COVID-19 in north-east Syria: why the UN Security Council must re-authorise cross-border assistance from Iraq

In the predominantly Kurdish-controlled region of north-east Syria, healthcare capacity is low even by Syrian standards. A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) described the region as ‘one of the most under-served in Syria today with the number of health facilities, hospital beds and health care workers well below accepted standards’. Less than… Read more »

Working with local actors: MSF’s approach

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been sceptical about the ‘localisation agenda’, tending to see it as at best another buzzword, and at worst as a way for states to co-opt independent humanitarian action. At field level the concerns have been more practical, particularly in cases where working in collaboration or partnership with local actors might… Read more »

Voices rising: how two call centres are elevating the accountability conversation in complex crises

The Iraq IDP Information Centre (Iraq IIC) and Awaaz Afghanistan (Awaaz) – implemented by UNOPS on behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and funded by a range of UN and international donors – were established to fill a well-documented gap in community engagement in the humanitarian response in Iraq and Afghanistan. Using toll-free call… Read more »

Implementing parenting programmes in humanitarian crises

On a chilly Thursday afternoon in late November 2017, Sandra Maignant, a technical advisor for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), visited a parenting class in the Nargazilia displacement camp in north-west Iraq. The tent where the class was being held was unheated and had flooded, causing Maignant to shiver as she watched the two-hour session…. Read more »

Recommendations for innovative GBV service delivery: results of a study of mobile and remote programming in Myanmar, Burundi and Iraq

Gender-based violence (GBV), including intimate partner abuse, sexual violence and early marriage, typically increases during humanitarian emergencies, especially when crises result in displacement. Often, people at greatest risk of GBV reside in areas that are difficult to access due to lack of infrastructure and services and security concerns. Given this, there is a need for… Read more »

Monitoring and evaluation training

Improving the quality of humanitarian practice and ensuring the effectiveness of responses to complex emergencies is a key aim shared by humanitarian agencies.  Careful monitoring of progress against targets allows timely changes to be made to maximise impact. Evaluation ensures accountability to all parties concerned and allows learning to be carried through to future interventions. This course aims to… Read more »

Supporting mental health care provision in Lebanon and Iraq

Health systems in many countries, including in the Middle East, have largely overlooked mental health. Despite the fact that mental disorders are found everywhere, affecting women, men and children, at all stages of life and all levels of society, people with mental disorders fail to receive the treatment and care they need and risk becoming… Read more »

Unleashing the multi-purpose power of cash

Iraq is an upper middle-income country with high literacy rates, sound infrastructure, functioning markets and a comprehensive hawala cash transfer network covering all 18 governorates, making it an appropriate context for cash transfer programmes. Despite this, cash transfers have been on the periphery of the Iraq humanitarian response. As of the last Humanitarian Response Plan… Read more »