Iraq

We focus on Risk Education, Survey and Clearance of Explosive Hazards, Psychosocial Support, Emergency Livelihoods, Vocational Training, and Capacity Enhancing of Local NGOs.

Country Director
Knud Andersen 
Mail: knan@dca.dk

DanChurchAid Iraq

Projects in Iraq
DCA currently has 5 active projects

People in need reached
In November 2020, DCA had supported 43,557 people in Iraq

Experience in Iraq
DCA has been operational since 2017, with country office in Erbil.

DCA in Iraq

Over the course of the pandemic DCA has been working with their national partner JORD (Judy Ogranisation of Relief and development) to run the Judy Community centre in Daratu. This short film shows just some of the issues caused by the global pandemic, Covid 19 and the work that DCA and JORD have been doing to support some of those people in the form of Psychosocial  activities, education and emergency relief. Thank you to our Donors for their ongoing live saving support.

The human toll of many years of intensive, virtually non-stop combat operations against the Islamic State in Iraq & the Levant (ISIL) has been enormous. Population movements in Iraq have been multi-directional; hundreds of thousands of people have been fleeing their homes and at the same time hundreds of thousands have been returning. Estimates suggests that 81% of IDPs in out-of-camp settings do not intend to return. Factors such as damaged infrastructure, lack of livelihood opportunities and basic services, insecurity and explosive hazard contamination have been identified as main reasons for people’s hesitance to make the decision of returning.

The pace and scale of displacement have made the Iraq crisis one of the largest and most volatile in the world, where approximately 1.38 million people remain displaced across Iraq, a third of which are located in Ninewa. Although major efforts are being made by the Government to incentivize and facilitate returns, many vulnerable families are unable to return without assistance, and without the right kind of assistance, returns will not be sustainable.

The level of explosive hazard contamination in Iraq is unprecedented, with a deadly mix of conventional weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Death and injury from these explosive devices, including the deliberate booby trapping of homes and civilian infrastructure, are a daily reality for families returning to former conflict areas.

Through a multi-sectoral and integrated approach, DCA aims to save lives, provide needs-based humanitarian assistance, enable recovery and enhance resilience of the most vulnerable conflict affected communities. In order to save lives, DCA works through local NGOs to provide age, gender and context specific Risk Education about the dangers of explosive hazards to vulnerable communities, empowering them to make safer decisions and reduce the likelihood of accidents. In addition, DCA is currently working with authorities to set up survey and clearance projects in Ninewa governorate.

The years of intense conflict and multiple displacements have destroyed productive assets and shattered livelihood opportunities throughout the country. Without the means of earning a regular income, vulnerable families are increasingly relying on negative coping strategies such as child labour, child marriage and child recruitment by armed groups. In order to generate regular income and increase resilience of highly vulnerable conflict-affected families, DCA works though local NGOs to provide vocational training and apprenticeship schemes, as well as small business grants to recover productive assets damaged or lost during the conflict.

Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of people have endured emotional trauma, witnessed violent acts, experienced bereavement and/or been displaced from their homes, many multiple times. As in all conflicts, children and youth are the most impacted. In order to increase psychological resiliencies and abilities to heal among children and adolescents, DCA works through local NGOs to provide specialized protection services including Psychosocial Support, remedial catch-up classes and awareness raising on child protection issues to children, adolescents and their caregivers.

As a proud signatory of the Charter for Change, DCA works with local NGOs, enhancing their capacity to enable a more locally-led response to the humanitarian needs in Iraq. As well as providing technical expertise in programmatic areas, DCA provides training in organizational areas including strategy, vision and plan, policies and procedures, security and staff welfare, fundraising, proposal writing and reporting.

DCA is now in its second year of working in Iraq and has offices in Ninawa and Erbil.

Click on the link below and download a factsheet about our work in Iraq

DCA in Iraq

Activities in Iraq

Emergency Cash & Food

Emergency Cash & Food

Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Local Capacity Enhancement

Local Capacity Enhancement

Capacity enhancement of local NGOs helps to enable a more locally-led and sustainable response to the humanitarian needs in Iraq.

Psychosocial Support

Psychosocial Support

Prolonged conflict and multiple displacements have had a significant negative impact on communities, especially children and the vulnerable groups. Psychosocial support helps crisis affected individuals and communities to increase their psychological resiliencies and abilities to heal. Social cohesion is an important part of psychosocial support.

Emergency Livelihoods

Emergency Livelihoods

Emergency Livelihoods assistance helps to reduce aid dependence, promote resilience, stimulate the local economy and increase access to services and basic commodities by providing income.

Survey and Clearance

Survey and Clearance

Survey helps identify and define contaminated areas and helps to prioritize areas for clearance based on humanitarian needs. Clearance of explosive hazards saves lives and is an essential first step before any rehabilitation or reconstruction work can be carried out.

Risk Education

Risk Education

Risk Education provides knowledge and skills to IDPs, returnees and remainees in highly contaminated areas, which enables them to make safe decisions and protect themselves and their families from injuries and death related to explosive hazards.

Local Partners

  • Iraqi Health and Social Care Organization (IHSCO)
  • Judy Organization for Relief and Development (JORD) 
  • Mercy Hands
  • Women’s Rehabilitation Organisation (WRO)
  • Dijla Agricultural Association (DAA)

Donors

At the Community Center in Mosul DCA is providing psychosocial support through  art, music, drama, and playing which help children to cope with the new conditions.

Risk Education: Children in Erbil schools are given safety massages about explosives.

Risk Education: DCA is sticking posters with lifesaving safety messages about explosive hazards in Mosul city.

Risk Education: Children in Mosul are given safety massages about explosives.

DCA is celebrating the World Refugee Day with children in Erbil city.