Project profile — Promoting Social Cohesion in Iraq

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Promoting Social Cohesion in Iraq - Overview
Mercy Corps (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011366)
2015-03-31 - 2018-03-07
Country / region • Iraq (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (100.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to help relieve social tensions between host-community members and internally displaced persons in several municipalities of the Diyala and Sulaymaniyah governorates of Iraq. It also complements Canada’s existing humanitarian relief efforts for internally displaced persons in Iraq, thereby leveraging greater impact of Canada’s response to the crisis. Project activities include: (1) training of youth, women and men community leaders in basic negotiation, mediation, participatory project planning and management; (2) implementing 30 small to large scale community projects; and (3) training internally displaced persons and host-community leaders in advanced negotiation and conflict management skills. Over 20,000 women, girls, boys and men internally displaced persons and host-community members benefit from this project supported by Canada and implemented in the Chamchamal, Dokan, Khanaqin districts of the Diyala and Sulaymaniyah governorates.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) key community leaders build social cohesion and address immediate needs in 10 host and internally displaced persons communities; (2) key community leaders resolve disputes and mitigate host and internally displaced persons community tensions.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project include (March 2018): (1) implemented social projects, such as sporting events, where communities took it upon themselves to continue activities after the projects had formally ended; (2) provided conflict management training, which addressed long-standing tensions inside the communities; (3) Community Action Groups and women’s committees created positive linkages across community lines, with people regularly engaging even outside of program activities; and (4) on women’s roles in community decision-making: women who previously had very limited interactions with people outside of their immediate family showed an increase in: their confidence and leadership capacities, the awareness of their rights, and their willingness and ability to actively participate in their communities.



Original budget $935,462
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
30-08-2017 Disbursement $712,500
05-02-2018 Disbursement $93,202
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