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.

Humanitarian needs in Iraq continue to be extensive with 10 million people – around a third of the population – requiring some form of humanitarian assistance.

3 million Iraqis have been internally displaced since 2014. 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 £169.5 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 water and sanitation assistance for more than 200,000 people.
  • DFID assistance has provided food for more than 70,000 people.
  • DFID support will also help to provide primary healthcare to more than 42,000 people affected by Mosul military operations.

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 up to £20 million of stabilisation support, including assistance to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilisation, and counter-IED (improvised explosive devices) work.

Factsheet: DFID Iraq Humanitarian Response Summary, 3 February 2017 (PDF, 146KB, 1 page)

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