19 Jan 2014
Invisible at the best of times, persons with disabilities (PWD) are among the most neglected during displacement. Due to communication or physical barriers, negative attitudes or other obstacles, PWD face hurdles in accessing assistance and protection. It is therefore important to ensure that these barriers and obstacles are removed by all actors, so that people with disabilities can enjoy equal protection and rights during their displacement in and around Domiz. The objective of the Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) was to understand the situation of children, youth and adults with disabilities within and around Domiz camp, in Northern Iraq. The RNA findings will contribute to an evidence base for inclusive protection for actors involved in the humanitarian response to the Syrian…
German artist Reinhard Kleist travelled to Kawergosk camp in northern Iraq to conduct an art workshop for Syrian refugee children aged 8 to 14 years. The children drew pictures of what they missed the most from their home and lives in Syria that they were forced to leave behind. The children were able to interact with the artist, to express their creativity and spend time in a safe and child friendly environment. Reinhard Kleist is one of several artists being sent to refugee camps around the world as part of a project launched by Franco-German TV channel ARTE in collaboration with UNHCR, to collect and promote children’s artwork, produce photos and documentaries and hold workshops and interactive games with children…
16 Jan 2014
The World Health Organization for Iraq has dispatched 2 tons of medicines and medical supplies to Faluja and Ramadi in Anbar Governorate in response to the appeal of the Ministry of Health and Anbar Directorate of Health for medical aid to contain the acute health needs emerging from the ongoing conflict in the said governorate. "The capacity to adequately and rapidly respond to the increased needs has been overwhelmed by the task at hand" said WHO representative Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain. He further added: "WHO has accumulated a wealth of experience in responding to emergencies in Iraq and have already started to respond to the most urgent needs including provisions of life saving medications/trauma kits and the support to immunization…
The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that it has been able to deliver aid over the past week to some of the estimated 70,000 people displaced by fighting and insecurity in central Iraq's Anbar province. "Aid from the UN and partner agencies has been reaching some of the affected communities since January 8, and yesterday a further 12 trucks of UNHCR relief reached neighbourhoods around Fallujah, carrying non-food aid," spokesman Adrian Edwards said, adding that the International Rescue Committee was conducting the distribution for UNHCR. "At present, insecurity and access difficulties are still hampering the overall effort. The UN is advocating with the government of Iraq to ensure access to displaced persons and safe passage of humanitarian aid," he…
On 12 January 2014, the Iraqi Al-Amal Association and Hivos started a Train-the-Trainer workshop in Erbil for Iraqi women candidates running in the upcoming federal parliamentary elections in April. This training is being conducted within the framework of a new project on “Women’s Power in Politics”, implemented by Al-Amal and Hivos through March 2015. The project aims at enabling female candidates to run successful election campaigns and provides post-election support to the new MPs to perform effectively in the House of Representatives.27 trainers from all Iraqi provinces are participating in the six-day workshop, receiving training in gender concepts, the political and electoral system in Iraq, the development of women's political participation, communication skills with community and media, and how to…
13 Jan 2014

HSAD Activity Updates

Monday, 13 January 2014
HSAD is continuing its efforts to raise the productivity and incomes of Iraq's smallholder farmers. HSAD - or Harmonized Support for Agriculture Development - is a partnership between ICARDA and Iraq's Ministry of Agriculture, supported by USAID. Progress highlights from HSAD include: Improving extension services The HSAD Program recently initiated a series of training sessions to equip extension agents with the knowledge and skills to produce informative instructional 'farmer to farmer' videos. Identifying sustainable livestock feed By comparing the performance of four species of grass, scientists hope to identify long-term forage options that are capable of withstanding drought and salinity. Raising date palm productivity A new low-risk insecticide is demonstrating significant progress in the fight against pests - one of…