Supporting displacement-affected communities to access essential services and achieve durable solutions in Diyala and Ninewa governorates, Iraq

Although the Islamic State (IS) was defeated territorially more than five years ago, 2.5 million people in Iraq are in need of humanitarian assistance. This project aims to address key protection issues, such as lack of access to civil legal documents, in displacement-affected communities in Diyala and Ninewa governorates. The goal is to achieve durable solutions through access to essential services and handover to national agencies through capacity building and advocacy.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Assistenza umanitaria & RRC
Protezione, accesso & sicurezza
Violenza sessuale e di genere
Assistenza materiale
15.04.2023 - 14.04.2025
CHF  2’000’000
Contesto Over five years since the territorial defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, the population continues to be exposed to severe protection risks, compounded by continued political uncertainty, insecurity and economic decline. As a result of protracted displacement, continued gaps in conflict affected areas, and low government capacity to undertake service delivery, 2.5 million individuals in Iraq continue to require humanitarian assistance in 2023. Of these, over 1.5 million individuals remain in need of protection support, with 360,000 returnees and Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) in acute need of protection assistance located mainly in Ninewa and Diyala governorates.
Obiettivi Displacement-affected communities achieve durable solutions through access to essential services in Diyala and Ninewa governorates, Iraq.
Gruppi target The project has three different target groups: (1) conflict- and displacement-affected individuals who require legal assistance, civil documentation, and GBV support (12,831 unique direct beneficiaries); (2) three local partner organizations engaged in communitybased protection that will receive technical and organizational capacity-building; and (3) key stakeholders and decision-makers on protection, GBV services, and DS, including government authorities, UN agencies, and donors, who will be provided with access to evidence-based protection and genderfocused durable solutions analysis and recommendations.
Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1: Conflict-affected and vulnerable women, men and children are better protected through equitable access to specialized protection services.

Outcome 2: Conflict-affected and vulnerable women, men and children are better protected through strengthened coordination and improved policies and legal framework.

Outcome 3: Conflict-affected and vulnerable women, men and children are better protected through increased capacity of local stakeholders.


Risultati principali attesi:  

1.1 Displacement-affected communities and individuals have increased access to legal identity documents, and enjoyment of their rights, including Housing, Land and property (HLP) rights.

2.1 Residual protection and humanitarian needs are better reflected in response plans and UN, donor and government policies and strategies on durable solutions.

3.1 Local partners have increased capacity to manage project activities efficiently.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

Key results: 9,814 returnees and IDPs benefited from protection services, including legal services, case management, and Individual Protection Assistance (IPA). Cash-for-protection in the form of IPA was delivered to 298 beneficiaries. Six community safe spaces were supported to conduct activities and also served as hubs for mobile teams to deploy within nearby communities.

Insights from previous phase: The need to adapt the geographic focus under this project so that DRC can expand its existing activities related to Gender-based violence (GBV) programming. The need to engage more systematically with national actors, including community-based organizations and local authorities, to ensure sustainable results.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Iraq

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori This project is aligned with the Government of Iraq’s national plan on Durable Solution, the Humanitarian Transition Overview 2023 as well as the priority areas and activities of the Durable Solution Task Force (DSTF). The intervention geographically complements the SDC-funded project carried out by Terre des Hommes and OXFAM in Ninewa and Diyala. The project further complements the envisioned regional project with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), in which legal assistance is provided to complex legal protection cases.
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    2’000’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    500’000 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF    4’000’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 5 15.04.2023 - 14.04.2025   (Fase in corso)