Strengthen civil society and local government capacity, and provide the building blocks for a safe and thriving democracy, including education, basic services and human rights. Support the needs of Syrians who have sought refuge in the Kurdish Autonomous region of northern Iraq.
The road to a new Iraq is fraught with challenges and citizens struggle to survive against a backdrop of political dysfunction, infighting and potential civil war. Now, the conflict in neighboring Syria is driving Syrian refugees across the border into camps and urban settlements in the north.
The country's precarious development is stressed by the needs of these new residents. Electricity is an ongoing problem, water is in short supply, and large communities of internally displaced families already lack water, shelter and proper hygiene facilities.
- Emergency response: Distributing mattresses, heating supplies and shelter materials to Syrian refugees
- Children & Youth: Creating safe spaces for Syrian children to learn and play in Arbat refugee camp
- Conflict & Governance: Encouraging reconciliation and good governance by empowering local leaders to resolve disputes and reform policies
- Economic opportunity: Partnering with local groups to finance 1,577 community projects spearheaded by citizens
- Women & Gender: Equipping more than 26,000 women and girls with basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as information about democracy and women’s rights
All stories about Iraq
Iraq: How Iraq sounds to most of us January 24, 2011
In the days before I left the U.S., when I was telling friends and family about traveling to Iraq, the words I heard most were, “Really? Be careful.”
Iraq: The Mercy Corps women of Baghdad October 22, 2010
Although I don’t have any statistics on this subject, I feel pretty confident that Mercy Corps is probably one of the only international organizations in Iraq whose Baghdad Office was primarily opened and established by women.
Iraq: Iraq's women: worth the risk July 27, 2010
Iraq's contentious election has tied its political system in knots. But this isn't stopping Mercy Corps from pursuing one of its main objectives there: making women's voices heard.
Iraq: Voting in Iraq: an act of faith March 16, 2010
The biggest issue that regularly confounds me each time I vote here in Seattle is finding a postage stamp. Despite this, I have become a strong believer in the mail-in ballot, mostly because I don't have to haul myself to the polls at seven o'clock in the morning before I head off to work.
Iraq: A palpable sense of accomplishment in Baghdad March 9, 2010
On Sunday morning, election day in Iraq, I was awakened by a text message from a colleague telling me to get to a safe spot. Turns out I had slept through the first of dozens of bombs that would occur on election day in Iraq.
Iraq: Happy International Women's Day March 8, 2010
I’m blogging again today to wish you all a Happy International Women’s Day.
Iraq: Iraqi staff with purple fingers March 8, 2010
Here are some our Baghdad staff who participated in yesterday's elections. They are proudly displaying their purple index fingers, which signifies that they voted.
Iraq: Iraqi women learn about democracy as elections approach March 5, 2010
Living and working in Baghdad these days seems to be about waiting.
Iraq: Giving their blood for peace January 7, 2010
I have been thinking a lot about hope and fear the past few weeks. It is hard to avoid at this time of year. Christmas and New Year’s are holidays of hope.
Iraq: Celebrating peace in Khanaqin October 20, 2009
In Khanaqin, Iraq, Mercy Corps and the local branch of the National Olympic Committee organized a wonderful festival for the International Day of Peace. The day involved children reading a poem and releasing white doves before a football match in Azadi Stadium.