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Providing multi-sectoral emergency assistance and enhancing resilience in Iraq

The ongoing and violent conflict continuing in Iraq, including the military operations along the Anbar and Mosul corridors in 2016, led to massive population displacements. Iraq also hosts Syrian refugees. Through a multi-sectoral emergency response via 16 mobile teams, ACTED provides water, hygiene and sanitation, camp coordination, shelter and child protection assistance to conflict-affected men, women, and children. ACTED expanded its area of operations to include Anbar, Salah al-Din, and Ninewa governorates. To promote resilience and reduce social tensions, ACTED also works with vulnerable communities to enhance livelihoods through the rehabilitation of infrastructure and access to employment opportunities.

Iraq’s protracted crisis has been generating immediate food, water, shelter, protection, education, and health needs, both in camps and out-of-camps. 10 million individuals were identified in need of assistance in 2016.. Children were particularly vulnerable, accounting for approximately half the population. ACTED supported displaced people, refugees, returnees and host community members in Iraq, though provision of food, vouchers, cash, shelter, non-food items, water, sanitation, hygiene, livelihood, child protection services and with camp management interventions..

Responding to the Mosul emergency crisis

Launched in October 2016, the Iraqi security forces’ offensive on Mosul sparked a fresh humanitarian crisis. ACTED immediately responded to the urgent needs, providing food, shelter, non-food items, child protection, and conducting rapid site assessments to identify the needs of communities. ACTED, as a lead implementing partner of the Rapid Response Mechanism, provides life-saving food, water, hygiene and dignity kits to newly displaced individuals within 24 hours. ACTED created Child and Youth Friendly Spaces for vulnerable children providing psychosocial support and non-formal education, and specialised services through individual case management.

Building resilience of local communities

ACTED works with local communities and local authorities to promote social cohesion within communities whose resources have been strained from influxes of population in recent years. This includes training local authorities in water and waste management, along with the rehabilitation of water and waste treatment plants that will provide water and sanitation services for years to come. In order to promote community ownership and sustainability, ACTED’s child protection programming also supported community stakeholders through training and mentorship, building their capacity to independently manage Child and Youth Friendly Spaces for vulnerable children in camp settings. Finally, ACTED continues to support local organisations to strengthen their capacity to respond as humanitarian actors

Partners in 2016 :

ExxonMobil, Fondation Carrefour, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), IMPACT Initiatives, Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), People In Need (PIN), Shelter Box, United Nations Human Settlements Programme - UN-Habitat, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Programme (WFP), WeltHungerHilfe (WHH)


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