Since 2003, ACTED Iraq has been providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by the Syrian Refugee Crisis and Iraqi mass displacement. ACTED’s areas of intervention have increasingly shifted towards rehabilitation, recovery, and stabilisation, with a focus on strengthening national systems and actors while increasing the opportunities of returnees, IDPs and host communities, focusing on marginalised groups.

Iraqis have known little of peace or prosperity for forty years; with each generation facing its own unique crisis. Today the country remains in a deeply fragile situation following the end of hostilities with ISIL three years ago; a conflict which continues to affect the physical and mental well-being, living standards, and capacity for resilience and recovery of millions of Iraqis. Social, ethnic and sectarian tensions persist on multiple fronts.

In 2021, 1.3 million people remain displaced in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are unable to return home, the main reasons being destroyed shelters and lack of economic opportunities. ACTED has been operating in Iraq since 2003, addressing both immediate humanitarian needs and providing durable solutions for safe returns.

ACTED in Iraq

people benefitted from ACTED's activities in 2021
projects were implemented in 2021
people were assisted with water, sanitation and hygiene in 2021

ACTED Iraq responds to the humanitarian needs of conflict-affected communities, while supporting their efforts to create opportunities and solutions for recovery. With the shifting political climate in Iraq, coupled with the continued IDP camp closures, ACTED’s programmatic approach focuses on durable solutions and safe and dignified returns to areas of origin.  Support in rebuilding livelihood opportunities is at the core of ACTED’s programming, with interventions at each stage of recovery and return, from the reconstruction of war-damaged shelters and community-level infrastructures to the access to services and strengthening of civil society actors. ACTED also has extensive programming in the areas of return to facilitate reintegration, through rehabilitation of shelters and community infrastructure, mobile camp management, WASH and market infrastructure.

ACTED continues to support and promote resiliency, specifically in the food security and agriculture sectors by providing climate-smart farming techniques © 2021, ACTED.
Thanks to Cash for Work, beneficiaries contibute to activities of rehabilitation, maintenance and cleaning of the Sheikhan district, Ninewa Governorate © 2021, ACTED.
Beneficiaries of the Cash for Work programme restore a playground in Sheikhan District, Ninewa Governorate © 2021, ACTED.
In 2021, ACTED implemented a project in Fallujah district, Anbar governorate, focusing on improving immediate food needs and enhancing long-term resilience, with activities including rehabilitation of agricultural infrastructure and trainings for farmers on green, climate-smart agricultural practices through the Farmer Field School approach © 2021, ACTED.

Current projects

Public Perception of Water Services, in Mosul District, Ninawa Governorate – DST 1: Data acquisition
Improving access to skills-development and engagement opportunities for vulnerable young people in Dohuk Governorate, Iraq
Supporting Vulnerable, Conflict-Affected Populations with Evidence-Based Water Scarcity Response Mechanisms, Through Improved Monitoring, Prediction and Community Action in Iraq
Engaging minorities in climate-smart animal feed production to support their family businesses in Ninewa Governorate, Iraq
Coordinated Action for Multi-Sector Programming in Camp and Out-of-Camp Settings



September 2018

Looking Forward - ACTED Iraq


February 2018

Building resilience in most affcted communities in Iraq

In arabic

February 2018

Leaflet for hygiene promotion

April 2020

Iraq Country Strategy Paper 2020

January 2021

Factsheet: Quick Impact Projects in Ninewa Governorate