Improving resilience among the population of Nineveh in Iraq

Project description

Title: Strengthening Resilience in dealing with crises and conflicts in Nineveh (SRN)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) ​​​​​​​
Country: Iraq
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Planning, Iraq​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2020 to 2024

Local peace structures exchanging lessons learned and best practices, and exploring ways to in-crease integrated response to local drivers of tensions and conflict.


Nineveh Governorate in Northwestern Iraq remains severely impacted following the occupation by Islamic State (IS) and the subsequent liberation struggles. Social and productive infrastructure is still marked by widespread destruction. Increasing numbers of returnees require greater efforts to prevent violent escalation. This risk is exacerbated by the lack of services, lack of opportunities, economic hardship, and deep-rooted tensions among the population.


The population of Nineveh in Iraq has become more resilient towards crises and conflicts thanks to activities that improve livelihoods, rebuild public infrastructure and create better social cohesion.

Zummar local peace agreement workshop in Nineveh, continuing to pave the way for peace-building in the area.


The project improves the living conditions of the local population by improving employment prospects and the income situation of individuals and households. This is achieved in the form of grants to (re-) open businesses and secure a stable income. On top of that, entrepreneurs particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have received financial support, as well as training on how to overcome socio-economic shocks. Temporary income for individuals is provided through cash-for-work measures.

The project’s social cohesion measures reach approximately 3.3 million people. These include monitoring and implementing a local peace agreement. This facilitates the dignified and peaceful return and reintegration of displaced persons and their adequate inclusion in the host community. The focus is to reinforce cohesion, solve longstanding land disputes, and commit to the Rule of Law. A social media campaign showcases diversity and trains youths to become peacebuilders in their communities.

In addition, the project supports the coordination of peacebuilding activities with several civil society and government actors as part of the Peace and Reconciliation Working Group (PRWG).

Last update: April 2022

40 women and men planting the tress of tomorrow in Mosul, as a part of the cash for work activ-ities.

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