Iraq Program Updates

Speeches Shim

Last updated: September 07, 2021

Shirin Bestun founder of Chera Hair Products
November 3, 2020

Finding a way to break free of Iraq's cycle of fagility requires investing in local economic development that supports thriving businesses, creates jobs, and improves the livelihoods of the country's most vulnerable communities. 

Iraqi protests 2019 Baghdad Tahrir Square
November 3, 2020

Transparent and fair elections are an important step in the democratic process and contribute to national stability. USAID is supporting the Iraqi electoral process by building the organizational capacity of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and fostering inclusive and responsive civic engagement by all Iraqis. 

Iraqi SME Baghdad start-up
October 25, 2020

Promoting a productive Iraqi SME ecosystem requires ensuring access to financing.  Designed in 2014, USAID’s Middle East and North Africa Investment Initiative (MENA II) seeks to revitalize economic activity in post-ISIS Iraq by providing support to early stage businesses to promote sustainable job creation, improve business competitiveness, and encourage increased equity investment in early stage businesses. 

Yezidi genocide commemoration in Iraq
October 23, 2020

Assistance to religious and ethnic minority communities in Iraq is a continuation of USAID's work to promote inclusive development in our partner countries, defend human dignity and religious freedom globally, and aid communities in times of need.

October 15, 2020

Despite obstacles due to the pandemic, The Sanad Center Preschool has worked tirelessly to adapt and continue to provide important educational opportunities for the children of Qaraqosh, as well as their families. In late September, the Sanad Center Preschool in Qaraqosh celebrated the successful graduation of all sixty members of its second cohort of preschool students. With new COVID-19 safety measures in place, the school was unable to hold a traditional ceremony with all families in attendance, but Sanad remains immensely proud of these students’ accomplishments. 

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