08 Apr 2014
During March, ACDI/VOCA, in coordination with 21 Civil Society Organization (CSO) partners in Dahuk, Diyala, Erbil, Kirkuk, Ninawa, Salah ad Din and Sulaymaniyah provinces hosted ten events in recognition of International Women’s Day which took place on March 8. The events aimed to express solidarity with the global community struggling for women’s equality as well as provide an opportunity to display the achievements and ongoing work of ACDI/VOCA’s partner CSOs that are working towards women’s empowerment and development. In total, 550 people participated in the events which were held throughout the month of March. The participants represented a range of civil society groups and organisations, local, provincial, regional and national government, activists, academia, artists, students, private sector institutions, and communities.…
08 Apr 2014
The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an information management tool developed by the International Organization for Migration to gather baseline information on displaced populations and the conditions in the areas in which they have temporarily settled. The DTM has been rolled out in over 30 countries including Haiti, Pakistan, Mali, the Philippines, and South Sudan. DTM was first implemented in Iraq in 2006 to track the movements of IDPs during the wave of sectarian violence. Since late December 2013, tens of thousands of families have fled their homes in Anbar Governorate, where recent clashes between militant groups and Iraqi Security Forces have destabilized the area. In coordination with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and…
08 Apr 2014

UPP - Syrian Emergency Update

Tuesday, 08 April 2014
UPP works in Erbil and Dohuk Syrian refugee camps as an implementing partner of UNHCR. Funded by UNHCR, UPP provides psychosocial service with the help of social workers, psychologist, child psychologists and psychiatrists in Darashakran and Kawargosk camps since 2013. In February 2014 UPP launched its psychosocial project also in Basirma and Qushtapa camps. In Dohuk camps UPP provides psychosocial support and Mass Information since 2012, covering not only all the camps but also the border crossing point. UPP also supports Clowns without borders who arrived from Belgium and will perform clowns shows for Syrian refugee children in all camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.
08 Apr 2014
UPP started a long-lasting, fruitful cooperation with the Iraqi National Libraries and Archives (INLA) in Baghdad since 2004. Several cooperation projects have been implemented since then, with the aim of strengthening the skills of INLA staff in technical fields such as book preservation, conservation and digitization. Similar projects run by UPP have been involving religious entities in both Baghdad and KRG, with the aim of safeguarding the historical written heritage of several communities like Armenian, Baha'i, Chaldean, Sabean-Mandean, Shabak, Syriac, Turkmen and Yazidi. Next projects will be focusing on strengthening the role of youth amongst some of the same communities. At present, UPP is implementing a cultural project funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Municipality…
As the agency responsible for Camp Management in both Darashakran and Kawergosk refugee camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), ACTED has recently been involved in far more than its regular activities. Two celebrations shone through this month: International Women’s Day, and Newroz. On March 8th, ACTED took a day to celebrate the women of Syria who unfortunately find themselves displaced from their homes. In both Darashakran and Kawergosk, women were able to partake in activities ranging from CV workshops to talent shows. In the latter, a myriad of talents shone through, with women reciting poetry, singing, making handicrafts, and sharing their drawings. Participants described feeling joy and appreciation at being put in the spotlight for a day. Towards…
06 Apr 2014
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid! ICSSI calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to make an urgent visit to Iraq as a first step towards providing protection for human rights defenders, particularly journalists - three have been killed in March 2014 in Iraq. >> Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council? On March 22 in Baghdad the Iraqi Social Forum and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council,…