Emergency Assistance For Syrian Refugees in the Kurdish region of Iraq

Project completed

The challenges posed by the Syrian crisis had its impact in Iraq regarding immediate humanitarian needs for Syrian refugees. Currently, there are more than 150,000 Syrian refugees registered in Iraq. RRP 5 expects that the number of refugees in Iraq will reach 350,000 by end of 2013. This project aims at assisting extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees and affected host communities in the Kurdish region of Iraq through emergency.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Conflict & fragility
Human rights
Conflict prevention and transformation
Material relief assistance
Conflict prevention
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
15.08.2013 - 31.05.2014
CHF  600’000

Due to the Syrian crisis, Kurdistan Iraq received around 150,000 Syrian refugees exceeding anyone’s expectations and the number is on the increase. This added pressure on meeting the humanitarian and emergency needs in the Kurdish region mainly in Dohuk. Many refugees are most vulnerable, female headed house, children, elderly, disabled, etc.


Extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees in the Kurdish region of Iraq are able to manage the distress of displacement

Target groups
  1. For cash assistance: 640 vulnerable Syrian families and 160 host community families in Dohuk.
  2. 1500 Syrians households for protection information and services.
  3. 25 members of Emergency Cells and 1 national NGO are targeted for capacity building.


Medium-term outcomes
  1. Cash assistance for Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities.
  2. A protective environment for Syrian refugees is strengthened through access to protection information.
  3. Enhanced capacity of key duty bearers in order to strengthen the protection environment for Syrian refugees.



Results from previous phases:  

This is a first phase of cash assistance implemented by DRC in northern Iraq for Syrian refugees. DRC conducted an assessment in Domiz Camp/Dohuk in December 2012 and in urban areas in Sulaimaniya and Erbil in April/May 2013 on the needs of Syrian refugees

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in HQ - Denmark

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    600’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    599’999
Project phases

Phase 1 15.08.2013 - 31.05.2014   (Completed)