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US-Iraq Conference on Iraq’s Economic Priorities

On October 4, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Commission co-hosted an economic conference to discuss a new assessment report evaluating Iraq’s economic priorities. The report was released by USAID’s provincial economic growth project, Tijara, and was commissioned by the Prime […]

USAID Microfinance Conference in Erbil

The USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program in cooperation with Iraq’s 12 microfinance institutions and Iraqi Microfinance Network will hold an Inclusive Financial Services Stakeholders Conference at Hotel Rotana, Erbil, on October 23 and 24, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Iraqi Microfinance - The Path to Economic and Social Advancement”. The conference […]

US, Iraq Sign Agreement to Improve Access to Justice

By John Lee. On October 4, 2012, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Iraq’s Council of Representatives (COR) to launch a joint program to improve access to the Iraqi legal system for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. The signing ceremony was attended by […]

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US, KRG Sign Agreement for Cooperation on Health

On September 25, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Kurdish Regional Government's (KRG) of Iraq Ministries of Health and Planning supporting the KRG's efforts to improve primary health care, as called for under the U.S. - Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. The […]

US, Iraq to Cooperate on Education in Iraq

On September 20, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Iraq’s Ministry of Education, outlining a partnership to support Iraqi efforts to improve primary education, as called for under the U.S. – Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. The MOU was signed by the Minister […]

Video: Iraqi Mushroom Farm Reopens

By John Lee. Out of tragedy has come triumph for the Khirbit family and the Hameediyah Mushroom Farm, once one of the largest mushroom farms in the middle east. The family revived their business after receiving a grant and technical assistance from the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program. (Source: USAID-Inma)

Video: Widows Use New Skills for New Life

By John Lee. Many Iraqi widows face incredible hardships, lacking the education and job skills needed to make a new life. To provide new skills and sustainable incomes to the widowed members of Zanapiq Al-Hakal Association in Ninawa, the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program provided breeding sheep along with training in how to breed and raise them. […]

Video: Cross Breeding Helps Revive Iraq's Fish Industry

By John Lee. After years of decline, the Euphrates and Middle East Fish Farms, Iraq's largest and best designed hatcheries, were operating at less than 40% capacity due to conflict, sanctions, and production problems. In 2008, USAID's Inma Agribusiness Program began a partnership with Euphrates Fish Farm to help improve the carp fingerling production in […]

Video: Olive Oil Industry in Iraq Begins to Ripen

By John Lee. A new video produced by USAID showcases the Al-Zatoon Olive Association's new processing plant in Ninawa province, home of the first mechanized olive oil presser in Iraq and a model for similar demonstration projects in Kurdistan, Salah al Din and the Tallafar district of Ninawa province. A new olive oil industry in […]

Samawa BDC Goes to University

By John Lee. The Samawa Business Development Center (SBDC) continues to expand the range of services it provides in Muthanna Province to meet the needs of government and businesses alike. Initially benefitting from grants and support provided by the Dhi Qar and Muthana Provincial Reconstruction Team and the USAID-Tijara program, the SBDC has grown from […]

USAID Initiative Boosts Youth Employment

USAID-supported job training, apprenticeships and microfinance loans help unemployed Iraqi youth secure meaningful work. CHALLENGE. At the start of 2010 Iraq had the highest rates of unemployment in the Middle East. Thirty percent of its adults lacked jobs. More than half of the country's young urban males were unemployed. At 19 percent, female participation in […]