Iraq

Programme areas and target groups

ZOA Iraq can legally assist people across the entire country and works in hard-to-reach areas targeting internally displaced persons, Syrian refugees, non-displaced people and returnees. Our current programmes are in the following areas:

  • Anbar governorate;
  • Baghdad governorate;
  • Ninewah governorate, including Mosul city;
  • Kurdish Region of Iraq (refugee response).

We work in the following sectors:

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Shelter
  • Peacebuilding
  • Education

What we do in Iraq

ZOA’s interventions in Iraq started in 2014 with a response to the crisis caused by the occupation of ISIS. The following emergency response have developed into a permanent base for broader emergency help and recovery activities to communities all over Iraq to target the underlying causes of the permanent crisis in Iraq. Our goal is to support vulnerable conflict-affected people with (social) reconstruction activities, livelihoods assistance and psycho-social support in order to establish stable and peaceful communities with hope for the future.

Make families flourish

Throughout its recovery and resilience program in Iraq, we consider a family-oriented approach. Enabling families to flourish in the aftermath of conflict means:

  • Creating opportunities for income generation for men, women, and youth, through rural and urban livelihoods interventions, and skilling;
  • Creating a protective environment in which children can develop through psycho-social support and strengthening the education system with catch up classes;
  • Supporting conflict and violence affected women with reintegration assistance;
  • Contributing to social cohesion in communities, through peacebuilding and anti-radicalization projects for parents, and community building projects for children and teenagers;
  • Providing shelter assistance to those who remain displaced, as well as those willing to return or recently returned without safe and dignified houses.

In relief programming, ZOA Iraq works together with the UNHCR to respond to the most urgent needs in refugee camps.

Our goal is to support vulnerable conflict-affected people with (social) reconstruction activities, livelihoods assistance and psycho-social support in order to establish stable and peaceful communities with hope for the future.

Care for minority groups

Both in relief programming, which is still relevant for those who remain displaced, as well as through recovery focused projects for those willing to return or recently returned without safe and dignified houses, ZOA Iraq aims to work in a conflict sensitive way. We target the most marginalized communities, both minority and majority groups. This include people from different ethnicities and religions, with specific care for minority groups such as Yazidis, Kakais, Shabakis and Christians.

Donors and partners

With funding from

Governments and multilateral organizations provide the majority of external funding contributions to ZOA Iraq’s humanitarian emergency responses, either directly or through consortia, including: UNOCHA, UNESCO, UNWOMEN, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, European Commission Humanitarian Aid, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foundation EO Metterdaad, Hofsteestichting and constitutional funding.

In cooperation with

ZOA Iraq aims to follow a hybrid approach for a diversified implementation strategy, consisting of direct implementation, working in consortia with both international and national NGOs, as well as working with and through local implementing partners, such as Al Rafidain Peace Organization, Christian Aid Program North Iraq (CAPNI), Critical Needs Support Foundation (CNSF), Engineering Association for Development & Environment (EADE), Emma Organization for Human Development, Iraqi Institute for Development (IID), Zakho Small Villages Project (ZSVP).