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: Before it was like I was blind August 31, 2009
Since 2003, Mercy Corps has worked to improve the lives of millions of people in Iraq. Our largest program is in the south of the country, and focuses on community building and good governance.
Iraq: U.S. ambassador visits women's peace-building program in Iraq August 24, 2009
Last Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill met with six women participants of Mercy Corps' Empowering Women Peace Builders in Kirkuk program, and discussed with women their views on the future of Kirkuk and U.S. policy in the contested city and Iraq at large.
Iraq: Empowering Iraqis with disabilities August 20, 2009
Here, Moaffak Alkhafaji speaks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki at the second national conference of the Iraqi Alliance for Disability Organizations, or IADO. Alkhafaji is the head of the alliance, which Mercy Corps helped create.
Iraq: My meeting with Vice President Biden July 6, 2009
I met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last Friday in a small roundtable discussion to discuss reconciliation in Iraq. Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were represented — Relief International, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Mercy Corps.
Iraq: Getting to "yes" in Iraq July 1, 2009
Iraqis are celebrating on the streets as the U.S. withdraws its troops from the major urban areas of Iraq, but the fresh violence in Kirkuk serves as a sober reminder of the country's still fragile security condition.
Iraq: Ned Lamont calls out Mercy Corps' work on The Huffington Post June 30, 2009
Today Ned Lamont — businessman, former Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut and Mercy Corps board member — called out Mercy Corps' work with Iraqi refugees in an insightful piece on Huffington
Iraq: From Kansas to Cairo June 5, 2009
Listening to President Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday, I was struck by how many themes resonated with what Mercy Corps is doing in the Middle East.
Iraq: Kirkuk Women Are Building Peace March 13, 2009
Mercy Corps is training women in Kirkuk, Iraq to become leaders and work cooperatively against violence and hatred.
Iraq: Resolving Conflict Peacefully March 4, 2009
When violence tears a country apart, communication and compromise are often the first casualties. Mercy Corps believes that engaging adversaries in productive dialogue can lead to peaceful, lasting change for war-torn communities.
Iraq, Jordan: Food packages help Iraqi refugees January 5, 2009
Since the start of the 2003 war in Iraq, almost half a million Iraqis have sought refuge in Jordan. Many arrived with little more than what they were carrying. Jordan is a small and resource-scarce country and the influx of so many refugees has strained public services.