Iraq Humanitarian and Stabilisation Package – Investment Design Summary

Publication language
Date published
20 Dec 2017
Plans, policy and strategy
Conflict, violence & peace, Protection, human rights & security, Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction

The last three years of armed conflict in Iraq have increased vulnerabilities for millions of Iraqis through widespread displacement, destruction of infrastructure and decreased stability. In 2017, the UN estimated that up to 11 million Iraqis would need humanitarian assistance in 2018, including 5.1 million children. As at October 2017, over 66,500 Iraqi civilians have died of war-related causes since 2014. The scale of protection needs in Iraq are so great the UN has described it as a ‘protection crisis’. Since January 2014, nearly 3.2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced, including some who have been displaced multiple times.

The overall objective of the package is to support international efforts to meet the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable conflict-affected populations in Iraq, and assist communities become more resilient and stable. Activities will address short and medium-term humanitarian needs of affected populations, with a particular focus on humanitarian assistance; rapid recovery and stabilisation activities in liberated areas (including rehabilitation of essential public services and economic opportunities); and reconciliation and social cohesion. These investments will contribute to two end-of-package outcomes:

  1. Vulnerable people in Iraq affected by the crisis receive inclusive humanitarian assistance and have greater access to protection services
  2. Institutions, infrastructure and social conditions improved for conflict-affected populations to recover and build resilience in a safe and stable environment.