ACHIEVING SOCIO-ECONOMIC STABILITY OF RETURNEES, HOST COMMUNITY AND IDPS IN IRAQ, PHASE TWO
September 2022- August 2024
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In partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), AVSI Iraq implements the second phase of the project “ASET: Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs” in the Nineveh and Duhok governorates of Iraq.
To strengthen the socio-economic resilience of vulnerable returnees, IDPs, and the host community in Ninawa and Duhok governorates.
Four years after the end of large-scale military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the humanitarian context in Iraq remains fragile, characterized by protracted internal displacement, eroded national social cohesion, extensive explosive ordnance contamination, and incomplete rehabilitation of housing, essential services, and livelihoods opportunities. Regional geopolitical, social, ethnic, and religious tensions, along with fractured security, continue to contribute to the general insecurity in Iraq. The country is also facing a complex water crisis exacerbating the humanitarian, economic, security, and social implications. Through this follow-on project, AVSI will continue to support the communities in Nineveh and Duhok governorates to ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods while building capacity.
Phase two of the project responds to the current situation and needs of the population. AVSI will expand its interventions to sub-district of Nimrud, mainly villages around the Abzakh water canal in Al-Hamdaniya district, two subdistricts of Tel Kaif and Alqosh. AVSI will also implement interventions in ten villages in Sinjar district. In Duhok, ASET II will work with Yazidi IDPs and the host community in Sumail and Shekan sub-districts. AVSI will also 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 and calve 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 communities, and IDPs.
AVSI Iraq will reach a total of 10,050 beneficiaries – 6,200 Returnees, 1,950 IDPs, and 1,900 Host – and 20,000 individuals will be reached indirectly.