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Development cooperation in Iraq

Development cooperation in Iraq

Norwegian People's Aid has worked in Iraq since 1995. Our local partner organizations push for democratization, social change and increased participation.

Our head office is located in Erbil in the Kurdistan region. We cooperate with more than 20 local organizations throughout Iraq. Some of these organizations have succeeded in bringing human rights education into Iraqi schools, while others organize women and youth in struggle for their own rights.

In a country where oil accounts for over 90 percent of the economy, we have also given priority to supporting organizations that work with the control and distribution of natural resources. Free media play an important role as watchdogs and to draw attention to issues of power and distribution. We therefore support training of journalists and cooperate with independent media institutions in the country.

ISIL has committed massive atrocities against civilians, especially minorities. The Yezidi minority has suffered massacres and widespread sexual violence, and large parts of the community has been forced to flee their homes. NPA supports the Yezidi community in rehabilitation and reintegration efforts.

Since January 2014, 3,2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced and nearly 20,000 civilians have been killed. Of the displaced, more than 2 million are situated in Northern Iraq, and this is where NPA is focusing our humanitarian efforts. We provide humanitarian aid to families living outside of established refugee camps, giving priority to women and children, large families and people with disabilities.

News from Iraq:

First to arrive with emergency aid to Mosul

As areas of Mosul are liberated from ISIS control, Norwegian People’s Aid partner organisations are the first to arrive with emergency aid.
28.02.2017 | Julie Offerdal

Community Centers offer support to survivors of sexual violence in Iraq

Three newly opened community centers in Iraq’s Kurdistan region offer support to Yezidie women that have survived abduction and sexual as...
30.09.2016 | Julie Offerdal

NPA partner fears the end of minorities in Iraq

The majority of Iraq’s Christian Yezidi population remains displaced by ISIS. Forced to live in streets and unfinished buildings, they wi...
23.01.2015 | Julie Offerdal

Concerned over ISIL's push in Iraq and Syria

“We are deeply concerned about the last month’s advancements of ISIL on Iraq and Syria and the lack of international engagement,” says Se...
04.08.2014 |

Facts about Iraq

3,2 million internally displaced

37,6% of population are under the age of 14

90% of the state's income comes from oil industry

11% unemployment

Humanitarian Disarmament in Iraq

Iraq is considered to be one of the countries in the world with the highest contamination of mines and explosive remnants of war ( ERW ). More than 3 billion square metres of land is expected to be contamination by ERW in Iraq.