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 current humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains one of the most volatile in the world.

The Iraqi-led military operation to defeat Daesh has already affected significant numbers of the Iraqi population, and over half a million people have fled Mosul city. This is on top of the existing 3 million people already displaced from their homes due to Daesh. The UN estimates that as many as 11 million people in Iraq will require some form of humanitarian assistance in 2017. 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 divisions, undermined the development of effective state functions, stunted economic development and led to increased poverty for civilians caught up in conflict. Iraq has struggled to diversify its economy (oil exports provide 90% of government revenue) and the country is highly vulnerable to the effects of changes in oil prices. The government of Iraq has struggled to achieve progress on reconciliation and reform, and needs continued international support to address the immediate humanitarian crisis and deliver longer-term reform. It is important for the UK to support to the government of Iraq to deliver its vision of an inclusive, prosperous and stable country in a fragile region.

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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