Since 2003, ACTED has been working in Iraq to provide humanitarian support to vulnerable populations through a multi-sectoral response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the Iraqi mass displacement challenges. ACTED teams in Iraq implement a comprehensive response ranging from emergency and camp management activities to reconstruction, stabilization, and resilience programmes across 15 governorates.

Mission context

Iraq’s protracted crisis continues, with 3.2 million vulnerable displaced individuals needing immediate food, water, shelter, protection, education, and health services in camp and out-of-camps. Overall, 11 million individuals are in need of assistance in Iraq. Children are particularly vulnerable, accounting for approximately half the population.

With the retaking of Mosul city from ISIL control in July 2017 and the October 2017 Hawiga and West Anbar offensives, there remains a high need for life-saving emergency support for vulnerable families who have been affected by the conflict. Those who have lived under ISIL occupation have often experienced widespread malnutrition, limited educational and livelihood opportunities, as well as critical physical and mental health issues. As large parts of the country have now been retaken, over 1.7 million families have returned to their regions of origin. As they rebuild, these families encounter the risk of unexploded mines, lack of livelihood opportunities, and the destruction of their homes, and infrastructure, and a lack of public services.

ACTED in Iraq

Since 2003, ACTED has been working in Iraq to provide humanitarian support to vulnerable populations through a multi-sectoral response. Since the Syrian regional crisis in 2013 and the beginning Iraqi displacement crisis in 2014, ACTED has established itself as one of the key front-line responders, providing immediate life-saving assistance, as well as long-term solutions linking relief, rehabilitation and development.

Over 2016 and 2017, ACTED supported more than 1.2 million persons in Iraq, though provision of food, vouchers, multi-purpose cash, shelter, non-food items, water, sanitation, hygiene, livelihood opportunities, child protection and camp management services across 15 governorates.

Food Distribution in Salamiyah camp, 2017
Salamiyah camp, 2017
Non-food items distribution in Salamiyah camp, 2017
Non-food items distribution in Salamiyah camp, 2017
Water Saving Campaign, 2016
Food Distribution in Southern Governorates
RRM Distribution in Diyala, Kifrin District, September 2016
Awareness session on child marriage, 2016
Hay Samah Non-Food Items Distributions
ACTED staff inspecting construction of communal waste pit

In order to promote sustainable interventions, ACTED Iraq works with local communities and local authorities to promote social cohesion within conflict-affected communities. This includes training local authorities in water and waste management, building the capacity of community stakeholders to independently manage child protection and education programming, and to support local organizations in their responses as humanitarian and development actors.

As the current conflict comes to an end in ACTED’s areas of intervention, ACTED Iraq continues to adapt its programming to promote reconstruction, stabilization, and resilience.

Current projects

Agriculture Value Chain and Market Assessment in Iraq

Provision of general food assistance in the form of regular CBT monthly to IDPs

Emergency SNFI and CCCM response to vulnerable populations in Iraq

Water, Hygiene and Sanitation support to most vulnerable displaced populations in camps of Ninewa, Salah al Din and Baghdad Governorates

Strengthening effective accountability mechanisms for the refugee and IDP communities in Erbil Governorate

Supporting the care and maintenance of IDP camp infrastructure in Dohuk Governorate

Camp Coordination and Camp Management for IDP camps Salamiyah 1 & 2 and Nimrud

Child protection services for Syrian, non-Syrian refugees and asylum seekers from other nationalities in camps and out of camp locations, Duhok Governorate

Assessment and information management support to UNHCR: IDPs and refugees residing in and out of formal camps, Iraq

Soutien en matière d’eau, d’hygiène et d’assainissement aux populations déplacées les plus vulnérables dans les camps des gouvernorats de Ninewa, Salah al Din et Bagdad

Recovery and Rehabilitation – Mosul

Création d’un espace culturel francophone au sein de l’université de Mossoul

Assessment on the working conditions of women across key sectors (including IDPs, refugees and host community members)

Stabilisation of water supply and sanitation services for refugees, internally displaced persons and residents of Dohuk governorate

Providing a multi-sectoral area-based humanitarian response to vulnerable populations in Iraq

Information management support for CCCM and CCS clusters and partners (REACH Initiative)

Support improved provision of basic social and health services through local capacity building in Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan

Child protection services for refugees in Iraq

Improving Communication with Refugee Communities

Improving communication with the IDP communities in Iraq

Cash Assistance for IDPs



September 2018

Looking Forward - ACTED Iraq


February 2018

Building resilience in most affcted communities in Iraq

In arabic

February 2018

Leaflet for hygiene promotion
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