12 Aug 2014
The humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated rapidly in recent days with the brutal takeover of additional areas of northern Iraq by ISIS. Thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled in fear of their lives, particularly those from vulnerable minority groups including members of the Yezidi and Christian faiths. Many Christians have fled to Ankawa in Erbil, and as a result of limited space and resources, are seeking shelter in churches, public parks and on the street. Ascertaining the exact number of persons displaced is becoming increasingly difficult as many of the displaced are still in transit or may be moving from one location to another. Relief International (RI) is working to identify and meet the urgent needs of these vulnerable…
The Vera Humanitarian Institution for Women's Development, a women-led civil society organization (CSO) in Baquba, Diyala, is spearheading efforts to improve gender equality and women’s rights in northern Iraq. In coordination with the USAID/BPCS-supported Civic Participation Hub in Khanaqin, CSO Vera, in partnership with Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), conducted a workshop on increasing women’s electoral participation in the recent Iraqi national elections. Aimed at empowering women, particularly marginalized women such as divorcees, widows, orphans, and poorer members of society, the workshop focused on the role of women in elections, aspects of the women’s quota system, how electoral results are determined, and, given that women represent the majority of Iraqi society, stressed the importance of their active participation in…
Via the Marla Ruzicka Iraqi War Victims Fund, USAID/BPCS partner Hara’a Humanitarian Organization (HHO), ACDI/VOCA, and the Diyala Health Directorate have assisted two health centers in Mansoriya, Model Health Center and Al Jabal Primary Health Center, which lacked essential medical equipment and supplies needed not just to provide basic community health services, but also to treat victims of insurgent bombings. Each health center has been equipped with a range of vitally important medical equipment, such as digital electrocardiograms (ECGs), emergency resuscitation equipment, surgical instruments, and collapsible hospital gurneys. “The Mansoriya Health Centers were and remain ready to receive injured people because they are well-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment provided through the Marla Fund”, said Dr. Mahdi Husam Jawad, Manager of Mansoriya…
ACDI/VOCA partner Kurdistan Economic Development Organization (KEDO), which, since 1994, has been promoting local economic development, is an ongoing participant in the BPCS Targeted Skills Trainings for Organizational Development. The trainings were developed based on a range of organizational assessments, which provided valuable information on the skills and capacity needs of local Civil Society Organization (CSO) partners. This highlighted the need for trainings in the areas of Gender Mainstreaming, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Geographic Information Systems, Monitoring & Evaluation, Project Cycle Management, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Communication, and Procurement and Compliance/Leveraging. At a recent training, General Director of KEDO Mr. Hussam Barzinji was eager to express his appreciation to the USAID/BPCS program for its ongoing efforts to build the capacity…
07 Aug 2014
Thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes to escape violence. Extremists calling themselves the Islamic State have seized large swathes of territory in the north since they seized Mosul in June. People are fleeing to places which have little or no resources to cope with the influx. People are living in camps, churches, mosques and with locals. Caritas Iraq continues to provide aid to families in need, including food, health, trauma counselling and other supplies. Caritas has reached 3200 families so far, but the conflict is escalating. In just the last few days, tens of thousands of the Yazidi ethnic minority have fled clashes between Kurds and the Sunni extremists. A long persecuted group, they have gone towards the barren…
05 Aug 2014

HARIKAR - Weekly 27-31 JULY 2014

Tuesday, 05 August 2014
PROTECTION ASSISTANCE AND REINTEGRATION CENTER (PARC) IN CAMP & NON-CAMP AREAS/ UNHCR PROGRAM - Harikar CS team, non-camp referred two cases in Zakho to registration center in Domiz camp for adding family members into their UNHCR sertificate, 1 SAS case in Duhok was referred to Azadi hospital fot getting free medical support, and 1 SAS in Zakho was referred to Havkar organization to get free medicin. - CSA team updated the Livelihood and Chronic Medical cases lists, all new cases have been added to the lists for future references. - PARC/ QIPs team did tender announcement, Tender takeover and handover for the two announced tenders (Rehabilitation ITB003 and provision of equipment ITB 004). - PARC/QIPs team held a meeting with…