After decades of protracted conflict, Iraq is finally entering a reconstruction phase, shifting priority from emergency response to development and peacebuilding. Search Iraq’s mission is to enhance social cohesion between Iraqi communities, creating an enabling environment for stabilization and reconciliation. Search’s presence in Iraq began in 2016, and established a fully-operational office in Erbil in 2018.
PEACEBUILDING SERIES: CLIMATE CHANGE IN IRAQ
Iraq is classified as the fifth most vulnerable country in the world to climate change, facing significant challenges with rising temperatures, less rainfall and salinity, and frequent dust storms. Flood and drought, as well as changes in multi-year and seasonal variability, have become major risk factors of conflict – with the majority of climate conflict and security risks revolving around water. Such changes have already heavily affected communities in Iraq – especially lower-income groups.
Women, Youth, Peace, and Security (2022–2026)
Although Iraq has made strides in advancing the inclusion of youth and women in the peace and security agenda – being the first Middle Eastern country to adopt a WPS National Action Plan (NAP) – it continues to present several structural barriers to achieving inclusive peace and security…
Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action (JISRA) – (2021–2025)
Iraq is composed of a rich diversity of ethno-religious groups spanning across the nation. As a majority Shi’a country, with a significant Sunni population, Iraq is also home to Kaka’i, and Christian believers, among other minority faith groups. Religion also cuts across ethnic and tribal lines, with the affiliations of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Yazidis, Shabaks, […]