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In Iraq, more than 2.5 million people need humanitarian assistance and 1.2 million Iraqis remain internally displaced. Alongside meeting residual humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict with the so-called Islamic State (IS), DRC is also supporting communities’ broader recovery efforts while maintaining capacity to address new needs, including due to (re-)displacement, water scarcity and climate change.

12 Sep 2023

DRC attends the 11th Meeting of State Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 11th to 14th of September.

11 Sep 2023

Greece: Celebrating friendship in a music video by refugee children

03 Sep 2023

Fostering Economic Resilience: Danish Refugee Council hosts Market Linkage events in Iraq to support entrepreneurs to thrive

30 Aug 2023

Agri-Tech Solutions for Better Climate Resilience in Displacement Affected Areas in Iraq

24 Aug 2023

Digital Employment and Entrepreneurship Access for Young Iraqi and Syrian refugees

25 Jul 2023

Statement: Attack on DRC compound in Basra

Displacement trends

Source: | DRC Foresight

Core sectors Iraq

Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management
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Communiqué - Roundtable on Women, Displacement and Durable Solutions in Iraq

08 Jan 2023

Life in the margins: Re-examining the needs of paperless people in post-conflict Iraq

19 Sep 2022

Civil Society Engagement and Diaspora Programme

12 Jun 2022

DRC Iraq Response Overview

03 Jan 2022

Paperless People of Post-Conflict Iraq: Denied rights, barred from basic services and excluded from reconstruction efforts

19 Sep 2019

Why we are there

In 2003, shortly after the start of foreign military operations in Iraq, DRC became one of the first organisations on the ground providing humanitarian assistance in the country.

Today, DRC continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable displacement-affected families, including IDPs, returnees and host communities.

As needs have shifted over the course of Iraq’s recovery, DRC has also progressively adapted the scope of its response, moving beyond large-scale, emergency programming in camps in favor of more specialized early recovery activities, while maintaining capacity to address sudden-onset crises.

What we do

DRC works to support the safety, dignity, and resilience of conflict- and displacement affected people in Iraq by providing for critical basic needs as well as developing sustainable long-term solutions for individuals and communities.

To meet these goals, DRC works to support IDPs, returnees and host communities across 7 governorates, with programming focused on economic recovery; protection; shelter, settlements and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); camp coordination and camp management (CCCM); and humanitarian disarmament and peacebuilding (HDP).

DRC also works to support the economic inclusion of Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where the vast majority of these families reside.