Much needed temporary jobs

On behalf of BMZ, GIZ has helped partners to create 22,000 temporary jobs in Dohuk Province.

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Project: Temporary stabilisation of vulnerable households of refugees, IDPs and host community members in Northern Iraq
Commisioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Term: April to December 2016

THEN: Large numbers of people have sought refuge in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq since the outbreak of the war in Syria in 2011 and the advance of the so-called Islamic State terrorist organisation. The Kurdish municipalities had to manage the influx of around one million displaced persons from Iraq and some 250,000 Syrian refugees. The Kurdistan Regional Government’s capacities were reaching their limits: caring for these people and meeting the very high demand for public services and infrastructure was an almost impossible task. As well as health care and education, sanitation and waste disposal capacities were massively overstretched. An economic crisis made matters worse, with refugees and displaced persons experiencing difficulties finding work and local people facing joblessness or owed unpaid wages. Women and children were particularly affected, as were people with disabilities and households with chronically sick family members. As there was no welfare system, the various communities were forced to compete for the few available jobs. This was a major potential source of conflict.
NOW: Through Cash for Work in the Middle East, set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has helped partners to create 22,000 temporary jobs in Dohuk Province. Under the programme, implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ, refugees, displaced persons and local residents facing hardship are employed on cash-for-work schemes that benefit the local community, building and refurbishing schools, roads, water pipes and sewers. In 2016, the employment initiative, which was launched by BMZ in response to the crisis in Syria, provided work for 61,000 people in host countries around Syria; in 2017, the figure was 85,000. In Iraq, a follow-on project set up in 2017 extended the scheme beyond Dohuk Province to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. The project will continue in 2018 with additional funding from BMZ.


published in akzente 2/18

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