In times of crisis, engagement between affected communities and government can make the difference between exacerbation and remedy. With ongoing instability and forced displacement, the need for collective problem-solving is extremely important in Iraq. In recognition of the humanitarian crisis in the country, PartnersGlobal has been working with Iraqi actors since 2014 to bring constructive dialogue to the fore of Iraq’s rebuilding.
Under the Takatuf program, PartnersGlobal has worked with Iraqi civil society and government to facilitate coordination and consultation with key international, local, and external players in regards to the internally displaced persons (IDP) and returnee response efforts. Through a concerted program of conflict mediation training, engagement with Iraqi governors, and local grant opportunities, Iraqi participants developed and implemented 13 community improvement initiatives, ranging from vocational training workshops to personal health assessments for IDPs. These programs directly affected over 1,750 Iraqi citizens and provided a platform for the cooperation of host communities, IDPs, and government officials in addressing the displacement crisis.
The state of Iraq’s IDPs and stability crisis is ever-evolving. In response, PartnersGlobal continues to support the work of local actors to create and implement solutions for community improvement. Through the Takatuf program, PartnersGlobal strengthened local problem-solving initiatives. Going forward, Partners Iraq will continue to strengthen local communities to address the plight of IDPs and returnees through dialogue and conflict resolution. These efforts will help generate understanding and stability for a peaceful future for Iraq.
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