IOM Business Support Programmes Assist Displaced Iraqis

Jamal Hlaib, Chairman of the Council of Resafa said:

“We appreciate the support IOM provides to our community through these distributions. We are pleased to provide logistical support and protection to ensure a smooth distribution process for displaced people, so they can soon start their own businesses.

"We hope that this cooperation will continue; we thank IOM and donors.”

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said:

"The majority of the businesses IOM supports are successful because we provide personalized projects and programming. We pack as much training as possible into the time we have with beneficiaries, to support the implementation of their business plan.

"Our work takes a long-term perspective in Iraq, combining a variety of activities including life-saving emergency assistance, as well as long-term stabilization and development initiatives to support displaced people and local communities."

The IOM Community Transition and Recovery Programme encompasses an array of activities aimed at stabilizing communities in a post-conflict environment to facilitate their recovery and transition to peace. The overall goal is to increase access to income for displaced Iraqis, returnees and vulnerable members of the host community, while strengthening social cohesion in communities that have been recently retaken from ISIL.

Over the last 12 months, through projects funded by the United States, Canada and Japan, more than 500 beneficiaries received business development training, more than 430 small businesses were approved for assistance, and more than 130 individuals graduated from vocational training; these services will assist an estimated 3,000 individuals.

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