achieving socio-economic stability of returnees, host community and IDPs in iraq


September 2020- August 2021


In partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), AVSI Iraq implements the project “ASET: Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs” in the Nineveh and Duhok governorates of Iraq.

the goal

The project’s goal is to enhance the socio-economic resilience of vulnerable returnees, IDPs, and the host community in Nineveh and Duhok governorates.


Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face challenges in accessing employment, protection, and social cohesion. Thus, AVSI will continue to support the communities in Nineveh and Duhok governorates to ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods while building capacity.


The new project responds to the current situation and needs of the population. The prolonged protests that started in October 2019, the geopolitical instability, the recent influx of Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI), and the COVID-19 pandemic have added pressure to an already vulnerable community and further exacerbated the region’s limited public resources.

In its first-year implementation, AVSI will continue to support the Association of Farmers, Livestock owners, and Technicians (AFLT) in its capacity to provide access to credit and services to farmers. AVSI established the AFLT during the implementation of the first PRM project. 

AVSI will help the local community restore their capacity to provide agricultural and breeding services, focusing on the value chains of sheep breeding, mushrooms, flower and ornamental plants in Duhok, and poultry, cows, olives, and honey in Nineveh. The project will target women as potential earners. It will also provide gender-sensitive life skills training to farmers and their families.

Designed through extensive consultation with local actors in Qaraqosh, including hundreds of farming families, the project will reach returnees, host community, and IDPs. 


AVSI Iraq will reach returnees, host community and IDPs (Direct: 3,708 Returnees, 5,047 IDPs, and 1,545 Host; Indirect: 20,000 individuals)

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