USAID awards $35 million to NGO’s for development in Iraq
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded five cooperative agreements to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as part of its Iraq Community Action Program (CAP). Each NGO will receive initial funding of seven million dollars.
Five NGOs will receive cooperative agreements. The Iraq Community Action Program (CAP) is designed to promote citizen involvement in community development efforts at the grass-roots level and to prevent and mitigate potential conflict by empowering individuals across gender, ethnic and religious lines. The program will promote diverse and representative citizen participation in and among 250 communities and will benefit approximately five million Iraqis.
The NGO’s receiving the funds are Mercy Corps, International Relief and Development (IRD), Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), Cooperative Housing Foundation International (CHF International) and Save the Children Federation.
The goal of the CAP is to foster stability and improve Iraqis' lives by ensuring that citizens' basic needs are met within their respective communities. The CAP will provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in decision-making related to the policies that govern their lives. The program will focus on four areas: community mobilization and cooperation; social and economic infrastructure development; employment and income generation; and environmental protection and management.
All CAP initiatives will target under-represented and "at risk" groups, including promoting women's rights and facilitating the participation of youth and minority groups in political processes.
USAID community action programs flagship programs have mobilized communities in Lebanon, Serbia and Montenegro, and Central Asia's Ferghana Valley. This grant is part of USAID's overall relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq. — (menareport.com)
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