Providing humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict in Iraq

The expansion of Daesh across Iraq in the summer of 2014 caused a major humanitarian crisis. Needs in Iraq continue to be extensive with 10 million people – around a third of the population – requiring some form of humanitarian assistance. Over 3 million Iraqis are internally displaced, with 3 million living in areas controlled by Daesh. For these people, the delivery of humanitarian assistance is extremely challenging, and in some cases impossible. The UN continues to classify Iraq as a “level 3” crisis – marking it the highest level of humanitarian emergency.

DFID is leading the humanitarian response for the UK Government. Since June 2014, the UK has announced £129.5 million of support. This assistance has helped hundreds of thousands of people right across Iraq, including through the delivery of water, food, medical supplies and shelter. Specifically:

  • UK aid has provided enough medicine and emergency kits to reach over 150,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).
  • DFID assistance has provided psychological support for over 50,000 displaced Iraqis, including specialist psychosocial support for children and teenagers.
  • Cleared over 1 million square metres of suspected Explosive Remnants of War contaminated land to enable the establishment of 5 IDP camps.

We are determined that the UK’s efforts are well coordinated with other international partners, including the UN, donor community and both local and national NGOs. This is why we have opted to contribute to the UN-managed Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund and to-date are the largest donor. In addition to this support, we are also championing the use of cash transfers in Iraq. This innovative approach to programming provides beneficiaries with control over how they spend their own money, allowing them to prioritise as they see best.

Beyond core DFID funding, we are also a key partner in the cross-Government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). This has delivered £20 million of stabilisation support, including assistance to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilisation, and counter-IED (improvised explosive devices) work.

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