Iraq 2017

Humanitarian Compendium

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Introduction and Needs

Iraq continues to experience substantial migration challenges amidst a fragile security situation, as a result of continuing internal and external conflicts and large population displacements and returns into recently retaken areas. As of January 2017, there are almost 3 million IDPs in Iraq, adding intricacy to an already complex context where humanitarian needs continue to rise from military operations to retake Mosul. Amidst the conflict, nearly 1.4 million individuals have returned to their governorates of origin, primarily in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Diyala and Ninewa. Despite the response to these displacement by various humanitarian partners, thousands have yet to receive emergency supplies. Urgent assistance is needed, as the affected population lacks sufficient access to the most basic necessities, including shelter, water, food, medicine and basic emergency items. Moreover, the majority of those displaced fled with limited income to purchase essential goods that they had to leave behind, causing psychological and social stress, including potential social tensions within families and between IDPs and the host community. As the crisis evolves, the needs of IDPs and the host community grow more complex and diverse, requiring longer term approaches and diversified assistance schemes.

In 2017, IOM Iraq will continue to address the overwhelming needs of IDPs, host communities, returnees and Syrian refugees across Iraq. This is done through a multi-sectorial response, incorporating different emergency and early recovery elements. As the country’s largest shelter/NFI responder, IOM Iraq will provide a wide range of shelter assistance, including the construction of emergency sites, the distribution of tents and various seasonal shelter and NFI kits, and shelter upgrade and rehabilitation. IOM Iraq will keep providing Camp Management Support in formal camps and informal settlements. IOM’s emergency response is complemented by various health services, psychosocial support and social cohesion activities. For 2017, the Mission tries to further expand its portfolio through the provision of housing, land, and property support for returning IDPs and concerned host communities, and through an increased involvement in protection issues, namely the assistance to victims of trafficking. In addition, IOM aims to remain one of the largest community stabilization actors in the country: A variety of livelihood activities are foreseen to support local economies and to bolster community engagement.

IOM has a well-established network of staff and local community and governorate contacts. Operating in all 18 governorates, IOM has the largest operational footprint of all UN agencies across Iraq. IOM works closely with the government authorities, OCHA and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and the clusters, to respond to the changing situation and needs as the displacement crisis evolves. IOM is the national cluster lead for the CCCM cluster, thus IOM represents the constituent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the inter-cluster working group and the Humanitarian Country Team meetings. IOM is also co-lead of the Shelter-NFI cluster - direct Shelter-NFI cluster responsibilities befall IOM in Central and South Iraq.

Note: the projects below are in line with the Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan that will be launched mid-February by the Humanitarian Country Team (Advanced Executive Summary HRP 2017 ) and the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan for Syria (3RP Country Plan Iraq 2017 - 2018). Furthermore, IOM has included additional interventions that are in line with IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework and country strategy to address migration issues and initiate development-principled programming to establish the foundations for longer-term recovery to complement its humanitarian programmes.




  • NFI: IOM Iraq distributed 85,082 NFI kits across Iraq, and provided an additional 9,123 families with either cash, kerosene or clothing assistance.
  • Protection: IOM Iraq provided 57,465 psychosocial services. IOM Iraq also assisted in the  transportation of 28,166 individuals, such as transportation services for IDP students from home to schools and vice versa, as well as transportation of IDP families from screening sites to camps and in resettlement services of 10,019 individuals.
  • Health: IOM Iraq provided 227,459 medical consultations, and referred 12,650 cases to secondary health facilities. An additional 9,122 beneficiaries received ophthalmology services, of which 832 received eyeglasses. IOM Iraq also supported 18 health facilities through medical equipment, medical staff, medication, furniture and caravans.
  • Shelter/CCCM: IOM Iraq established and upgraded two emergency sites, which can accommodate up to 105,000 individuals. In addition, IOM Iraq distributed 7,437 Sealing-Off kits, 3,115 emergency shelter kits, 14 rub halls, 5,150 family shelter kits and 170 communal shelter kits. IOM Iraq also covered 125 sites with CCCM activities.
  • Livelihoods: IOM Iraq assisted 3,043 beneficiaries with livelihood services, and implemented 56 Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) and Community Assistance Projects (CAPs).
  • Others – AVRR: IOM Iraq assisted in the voluntary return of 8,524 individuals; Community Policing: IOM Iraq trained 591 individuals and established 16 Community Policing Forums; Government Capacity Building: 300 Government Officials received training on Managing Migration in Crisis; Humanitarian Services: IOM also disseminated various DTM products.
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: Over 1 Million IDPs, returnees, host communities and refugees.
Contact Information:   Mr. Dr. Thomas Weiss, Chief of Mission,; Ms. Rana Jaber, Emergency Coordinator,; Website:;  Tel: +962 6 565 9660    
International Staff:  88
National Staff:  1,110
IOM Offices: Country office: Baghdad. Sub-Offics: Basra, Erbil. Presence in 27 Satellite Offices in Iraq and 1 Support Office in Jordan (Amman)
Migration Crisis Operational Frameworks
Requested 42,500,000 | Received: 21,357,836 | Percentage funded: 50%

  Activities to Support Community Stabilization and Transition

  • Community Revitalization Program
    Amount Requested: USD 4,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 4,500,000.00
    To continue contributing to stabilization in Iraq by improving the conditions for sustainable socio-economic inclusion of the most vulnerable individuals and communities in 13 governorates of Iraq with significant populations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Returnees. Proposed Activities: Employability and Business Support for IDPs, returnees and vulnerable host communities; Community and stakeholder engagement through strengthening partnerships and capacity building of civil society and government counterparts; Implementation of Community Assistance Projects (CAPs), Social inclusion of vulnerable populations though community-level interventions. 
    Beneficiaries: 620 beneficiary households (with an estimated 2,480 individual family members) provided with individual livelihood assistance, 1,300 individuals provided with immediate needs; 10,000 local residents benefitting from Community Assistance Projects (CAPs)
  • Supporting Community Transition, Recovery and Social Cohesion in Recently Retaken Areas and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
    Amount Requested: USD 38,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 16,857,836.00
    Overall Objective: To contribute to effective community transition and recovery through resilience building in recently retaken areas and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; Specific Objectives: Strengthening the capacity and capability of key community groups, Strengthening the workforce by supporting local economies; Fostering peacebuilding and social cohesion. Proposed activities: Community Engagement: Selection and assessment of 100 communities, strengthening community groups, community assistance projects aimed at rehabilitating essential services and small scale infrastructure upgrading; Strengthening Local Economy: Provision of business support packages, employability training and job placement, implementation of community assistance projects focusing on critical repair and improvement of damaged community infrastructure through cash for work activities; Fostering peacebuilding: social cohesion activities; promotion of civic engagement in the physical rehabilitation of the community based infrastructure interventions.   
    Beneficiaries: 100 communities selected for intervention; 6,000 individuals provided with income generation assistance; 23,400 community members engaged in fostering peacebuilding and social cohesion activities
Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan
Requested 76,299,355 | Received: 52,010,897 | Percentage funded: 68%


  • Provision of Housing Land and Property support to highly vulnerable communities in return areas (2nd – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 889,170.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    To facilitate access to HLP rights for returning IDPs and concerned communities. Proposed activities: Provision of information on returnees' rights, including restitution and compensation in areas of return (preparation of information leaflets, distribution of leaflets, community information sessions, establishment of support hotline; Capacity building of authorities to address and resolve HLP disputes. 
    Beneficiaries: 10,250
  • Provision of psychosocial support to IDPs, returnees and host communities in Iraq, including Mosul and newly liberated areas (2nd – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 1,268,081.00 Amount Received: USD 4,649,525.00
    Give options to families to live in Iraq in dignity by expanding resilience and social cohesion programmes in hard hit, unstable communities; Provide specialized support to populations suffering from abuse and violence and facilitate community based support for people affected by the conflict. Proposed activities: Focused and Non-specialized Psychosocial Support to Affected Persons, Tailored psychosocial support for young people, Provision of small grant programs for youth to design and lead cross community projects, Capacity Building
    Beneficiaries: 18,000, Female: 9,000, Male: 9,000, Children (under 18): 10,000, Adult (18-59): 6,000, Elderly (above 59): 2,000, IDPs: 8,000, Returnees: 6,000, Host communities: 4,000
  • Supporting access to specialized services for victims of trafficking and individuals at risk through provision of basic assistance and technical support of first responders (2nd – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 700,000.00 Amount Received: USD 690,000.00
    To provide specialized assistance to survivors of trafficking and awareness to individuals at risk, and promote sustainable approaches to counter human trafficking through community engagement and capacity building of authorities and humanitarian partners to identify and respond to human trafficking. Proposed activities: Building on IOM trafficking assessments conducted in 2015 and 2016, conduct initial assessments in camp and out of camp settings of trafficking risks and awareness of affected populations through sex and age segregated focus group discussions and interviews with local community organizations and authorities; Provide specialized assistance and referrals to identified trafficking survivors; Provide trainings and capacity building support for humanitarian partners, community organizations and authorities regarding the identification and protection of trafficking survivors. 
    Beneficiaries: 2,000. Breakdown: 100 trafficking survivors, 2000 at risk populations; 300 individuals from community based organizations and local authorities
  • Supporting social cohesion in affected communities in Iraq (Full – Cluster Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 776,104.00 Amount Received: USD 300,000.00
    Give options to families to live in Iraq in dignity by expanding resilience and social cohesion programmes in hard hit, unstable communities; Provide specialized support to populations suffering from abuse and violence and facilitate community based support for people affected by the conflict. Proposed activities: Establishment of a Community Center within Mosul or surrounding areas and Provision of multiple community-based activities in the 5 existing Community Centers across the country, such as peer support groups, self-help groups, social cohesion messages, training for community leaders, outreach. 
    Beneficiaries: 8,750. Female: 4,200, Male: 4,550; Children (under 18): 2,450, Adult (18-59): 5,950, Elderly (above 59): 350; IDPs: 2,100, Returnees: 4,550, Host communities: 2,100

  Shelter and Non-food items

  • Provision of Life‑saving emergency NFI and shelter support (1st – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 27,020,000.00 Amount Received: USD 18,169,929.00
    To contribute to the provision of safe, appropriate emergency shelter and distribution of life saving non-food items to vulnerable populations. Activities: Construct emergency sites based on the agreed standard, Pre-position and distribute emergency tents for most vulnerable IDP families; Procurement, Pre-positioning and distribution of seasonally appropriate Non Food Item (NFI) kits,  Support shelter cluster with Information Management and sub National Cluster Coordinator.
    Beneficiaries: 293,520, Female: 161,436, Male: 132,084 , Children (under 18): 140,889, Adult (18-59): 137,955 , Elderly (above 59): 14,676 , IDPs: 264,168 , Host communities: 29,352
  • Upgrading of Repairing of Critical shelters for vulnerable populations (2nd – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 32,386,000.00 Amount Received: USD 17,502,498.00
    To contribute to the improvement of living conditions of IDPs and vulnerable families in conflict affected areas through the providing access to life saving transitional shelter support. Proposed Activities: Upgrade emergency sites by repairing degraded/damaged tents, drainage, roads, and other critical infrastructures, Procuring, pre-positioning and distributing of sealing off kits, Provide transitional housing units; Physical upgrade of structures to host families; Provide technical support for living space for repair and rehabilitation of damaged buildings.
    Beneficiaries: 216,720, Female: 119,195, Male: 97,525, Children (under 18): 104,021, Adult (18-59): 101,856, Elderly (above 59): 10,843, IDPs: 151,697, Returnees: 43,347, Host communities: 21,676

  Coordination and Common Services

  • Implementation of Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) across Iraq (1st – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 3,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 2,750,000.00
    To provide access to up to date, quality, comprehensive information about IDP and returnee populations in Iraq, as well as their needs and vulnerabilities, through the implementation of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Tool and dissemination of results to government authorities, UN Humanitarian Country Team partners, NGOs, think tanks, media and other stakeholders. Proposed Activities: DTM reports, Location Assessment, Emergency Tracking, Protection Mainstreaming.
    Beneficiaries: government authorities, HCT partners, NGOs, think tanks, media, academics and other interested parties

  Camp Management and Displacement Tracking

  • Capacity Building, Minimal Site Maintenance, and Information Management Actions to improve Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) in formal and informal IDP sites across Iraq (1st & 2nd-Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 4,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 4,694,937.00
    To contribute to dignified, safe and livable conditions for displaced families in formal and informal settlements. Camp Management Support in Formal Camps; Maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure in formal camps; Identification of informal sites and CCCM support. Proposed activities: Camp Management Support in Formal Camps, Maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure in formal camps; Identification of informal sites and CCCM support; CCCM trainings. 
    Beneficiaries: 112,052 beneficiaries: 112,000 IDPs and 52 other group (Government & NGO staff). Breakdown: Female: 61,629, Male: 50,423, Children (under 18): 53,785, Adult (18-59): 52,664, Elderly (above 59): 5,603


  • Provision of emergency and essential health services, psychosocial support services, and strengthening national health care systems in KRI and the rest of Iraq (1st , 2nd – Line and Full-Cluster Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 3,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 1,637,560.00
    To reduce avoidable mortality and morbidity through provision of critical emergency health care and a comprehensive package of essential health care services to highly vulnerable people, and strengthening national health care systems in crisis affected areas; Help people brutalized by violence to cope and recover from trauma by providing specialized and targeted protection assistance. ; Provide specialized support to population suffering from abuse and violence. Proposed activities: Health: Referring trauma cases, distributing trauma kits, dispensing critical life-saving medicines and vaccines, rehabilitating damaged health facilities; Psychosocial Support: Specialized and Non-Specialized Psychosocial Support, capacity building.
    Beneficiaries: 221,536, including emergency/primary health services (215,086) and psychosocial support (6,450). Breakdown: Female: 121,845, Male: 99,691; Children: 110,768, Adult: 99,691, Elderly: 11,077; IDPs:132,922, Returnees: 66,475, Host communities: 22,139

  Emergency Livelihoods

  • Strengthen and expand livelihood and income generation opportunities through business support, and skill development (2nd – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 1,380,000.00 Amount Received: USD 531,394.00
    Expand livelihood opportunities in communities with large concentrations of displaced families. Proposed activities: Provision of business support packages and technical assistance in business development aimed at re-establishing or enhancing businesses to IDPs, Returnees and vulnerable members of the HC; Job placement and on job training, as well as, enhancement of existing job referral pathways for IDPs, Returnees and vulnerable members of the HC; Provision of skills development, vocational and business development training to IDPs, Returnees and vulnerable members of the HC.  
    Beneficiaries: 3,520; Female: 1,936, Male: 1,584; Children (under 18): 1,584 , Adult (18-59): 1,936 ; IDPs: 1,760 , Returnees: 880 , Host communities: 880
  • Supporting emergency livelihoods and income generation in highly vulnerable areas through emergency asset replacement and cash for work schemes (1st – Line Response)
    Amount Requested: USD 1,380,000.00 Amount Received: USD 1,085,054.00
    Help to replace lost assets and generate urgent cash income for highly vulnerable families in priority locations. Proposed activities: Skill and asset assessments of prospective beneficiaries to determine their skills and identify gaps in livelihood assets; Emergency Asset Replacement for IDPs, Returnees, and vulnerable Host Community members to facilitate immediate income generation through the provision of enhancement packages; Emergency short term employment/cash for work for IDPs, Returnees and vulnerable Host Community members aimed at improving access to essential services; Monitoring of social tensions within returnee communities.   
    Beneficiaries: 8,040. Breakdown: Female: 4,422, Male: 3,618; Children (under 18): 3,618, Adult (18-59): 4,422; IDPs: 4,020, Returnees: 2,010, Host communities: 2,010
Syria Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan
Requested 8,200,928 | Received: 724,771 | Percentage funded: 9%

  Basic Needs

  • Fuel Voucher Distribution
    Amount Requested: USD 2,020,160.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    Population has sufficient items suitable for seasonal assistance. Proposed Activities: Vouchers distributed to vulnerable households to provide fuel assistance for winter needs. 
    Beneficiaries: 25,000 Refugees and Host Communities

  Livelihoods and Social Cohesion

  • Expanding Livelihoods and Resilience of Syrian Refugees and Host Communities
    Amount Requested: USD 6,180,768.00 Amount Received: USD 724,771.00
    To contribute to socio-economic inclusion of Syrian refugees and host community populations: a) Improve economic opportunities for affected populations of Syrian Refugees and host communities, b) Improve employability with marketable skills, c) Promote inclusiveness and peaceful co-existence among refugees, host communities and other local groups. Proposed Activities: Business support for micro and small enterprises (agricultural and non-agricultural) Small business support for 2,400 Refugees and host communities. Provision of employability training (on-the-job training and apprenticeships, vocational training, and skills transfer) for 1,000 Refugees and host communities. Community based activities for social cohesion for 4,300 Refugees and host communities.
    Beneficiaries: 7,700 Refugees and Host Communities.