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A USAID funded community center manages a food distribution program for local families.
A USAID funded community center manages a food distribution program for local families.
Philadelphia Organization for Relief and Development

New Partnerships Initiative

USAID launched the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) in May 2019 to expand and diversify USAID's partner base and change the way the Agency does business. By working with new or underutilized partners, the Agency hopes to bring more innovative approaches to U.S. foreign assistance; focus on strengthening capacity and commitment in partner countries by tapping into existing networks of community- and faith-based organizations; and reach new populations.

USAID awarded small grants through the NPI that total approximately $4 million to six local groups in Northern Iraq to help religious and ethnic minorities targeted by ISIS.

When COVID restrictions impacted Iraq, an employment program for Iraqi youth took their business training online.
When COVID restrictions impacted Iraq, an employment program for Iraqi youth took their business training online.
Top Mountain

The United States remains committed to supporting persecuted religious and ethnic minorities in Northern Iraq. With these new awards, the total assistance the U.S. Government has provided since 2017 in Northern Iraq is now more than $400 million. These programs complement H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, which passed with bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress and which President Donald J. Trump signed into law on December 11, 2018. Additional U.S. humanitarian assistance has also benefited the same Iraqi communities.

The NPI implementers in Northern Iraq are the following:

Six Iraqi engineers undergo USAID training on solar energy systems.
Six Iraqi engineers undergo USAID training on solar energy systems.
Shlama Foundation

Last updated: July 10, 2020

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