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Last updated: July 15, 2022

Manuscript conservation at the Centre Numérique des Manuscrits Orientaux in Iraq
July 15, 2022

Known as the Cradle of Civilization, present-day Iraq is a land where some of humanity’s most ancient stories were born. USAID supports the preservation of cultural heritage that offers self-definition and a spirit of community to oppressed religious and ethno-religious minorities in Iraq.

Children gather with muppets
July 12, 2022

Ahlan Simsim Iraq promotes inclusion, mutual respect, and understanding through multimedia content for Iraqi children, youth, and their families. 

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina L. Romanowski delivers remarks at the USAID Access to Finance Conference on June 29 in Baghdad
June 30, 2022

On June 29 and 30, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) convened more than 300 business and public sector representatives for its inaugural Access to Finance Conference in Baghdad. The two-day event provided a shared platform for diverse stakeholders to create opportunities for Iraqi businesses to secure funding and boost economic growth in Iraq. As part of the conference, USAID announced more than $1 million in targeted assistance to small- and medium-sized enterprises in Iraq, as well as the establishment of a public-private partnership to build Iraq’s first large-scale industrial gasses separation plant, an eight-figure investment made possible through USAID support. 

June 14, 2022

The Sinjar Courthouse has been reopened with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

May 10, 2022

For Tahani, 39, going to the beauty salon is a powerful experience. “Every time I would go to a beauty salon, I would leave feeling confident and beautiful,” said Tahani. “My dream was that one day I would have my own salon so that I could make other women feel the same way.”