Find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with.

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is entering a new phase as displaced people are returning home following Daesh’s territorial defeat. There are however still 2.2 million displaced persons and the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan estimates that around 8.7 million people will require some form of humanitarian assistance in 2018. Minorities are under threat and Iraq’s deteriorating security situation has had a major impact on women and children’s rights.

Instability in Iraq goes deeper than the current conflict. A history of weak and sectarian governance has continued community division, undermined the development of effective state functions, failed to counter corruption, stunted economic development and led to increased poverty for civilians caught up in conflict. Iraq has struggled to diversify its economy: oil exports provide the majority of government revenue and the country is highly vulnerable to the effects of changes in oil prices. The government of Iraq needs continued international support to address the immediate humanitarian crisis and deliver longer-term reform and reconciliation so that it is able to deliver a more inclusive, prosperous and stable country for Iraq’s people.

To find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with please read the full country profile for Iraq.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Iraq, see:

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