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Strengthening the socio economic integration of vulnerable Iraqi returnees, IDPs and host communities in Baghdad

1.6 million people were internally displaced as a result of sectarian violence following the 2006 bombing of the Samarra Al-Askari Mosque. Displaced persons are finding it more difficult to find sustainable solutions for their return or resettlement. This 1-year project will develop vulnerable women and youths’ knowledge, skills and confidence, enabling them to lead their economic empowerment processes and provide for their families, through an apprenticeship scheme. A minimum of 100 beneficiaries will be employed for approximately 120 working days. ACTED will also support the development of small businesses for groups of vulnerable women. To prevent gender-based violence and to encourage social cohesion, ACTED and local partner Mercy Hands will engage in community mobilization through the training of 80 mobilizers and the staging of 240 awareness sessions. 6,430 people will benefit directly from the action.

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