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Last updated: June 30, 2022

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.” 

Iraq Call for Innovations Winners 2022
March 30, 2022

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Water and Energy for Food Grand Challenge (WE4F) Middle East and North Africa Regional Innovation Hub (MENA RIH), announced today the seven WE4F Iraqi winners of the Call for Innovations.  This program selects small- and medium-sized Iraq-based enterprises with innovative solutions to grow more food while using less water and energy. The selected Iraqi winners will receive a total of $1.5 million in customized financial, technical, and investment support to grow their businesses, combat resource scarcity, and advance Iraq’s transition to a green economy. 

February 3, 2022

Iraqi food and last-mile delivery service Alsaree3 raised over $4 million in 2021 thanks to advisory support from the Tahfeez program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID).  USAID support connected Alsaree3 with new investors and supported the company in finalizing the investment process, resulting in Alsaree3 raising over $1,000,000 in fundraising in late December from investors based in Iraq and across the Middle East and North Africa.