By John Lee.
The Government of Canada has said it is committed to supporting Iraq in addressing the development challenges that it faces as a result of the barbaric and murderous rampage of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL, IS).
To this end, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured here on his recent visit to Iraq, announced the following initiatives, for a total of $26.59 million, to further address Iraq’s stabilization and development needs and enhance bilateral relations between our two countries:
Building Community Resilience in Communities Most Affected by the Influx of Internally-displaced Persons
Government support: $5 million (2015-2016)
This project will support the rehabilitation of infrastructure, help improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene services, and help increase community social cohesion related to basic service delivery.
Building Resilience and Coping Capacity among Conflict-Affected and Hosting Communities in Iraq
Government support: $4.34 million (2014-2015)
This project will support community-based rehabilitation of schools, as well as help provide water, sanitation and hygiene services, psychosocial support and child protection services.
Dohuk Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Resilience Response
Government support: $3.85 million (2015-2016)
This project will support the rehabilitation of infrastructure and help provide access to water, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as help enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Water Resources to deliver services in International Development Program hosting communities.
Programming Social Cohesion through Community Support Projects
Government support: $3.7 million (2014-2015)
This project will support communities to identify and deliver projects to address education, health and municipal service delivery needs.