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More Profits For Iraq’s Strawberry Farmers Thanks To USAID

Business is flourishing for some of Iraq’s strawberry farmers thanks to higher-yield varieties and new growing techniques provided by the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The success of this program is an example of U.S.-Iraqi cooperation, under the auspices of the Strategic Framework Agreement, to support domestic agricultural production […]

Iraqi Microfinance Conference Discusses Greater Outreach to Poor

Iraq’s 12 microfinance institutions in cooperation with the USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program are holding an Inclusive Financial Services Stakeholders Conference in Erbil on October 3 and 4. The theme of this year’s microfinance event will be “Transforming Inclusive Financial Services for Increasing Outreach”. The conference will bring together leaders from 12 microfinance institutions (MFIs) […]

USAID Awards Grants to Local NGOs

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), together with program partners convened Wednesday, September 14, 2011, in Baghdad to award the first round of grants funded by the US Government through USAID’s Iraq Access to Justice Program. Representatives of Government of Iraq ministries, the U.S. Embassy and other partner organizations attended the meeting, at […]

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Iraqi Banks Struggle with Limited Services and Capital

Reuters reports that it's a tough road ahead for Iraqi private banks required to raise their capital to boost business as they battle against decades of state dominance to win a slice of the asset base from government-run enterprises. It blames a poor credit culture, the lack of a modern banking system, and the dominance […]

Iraqi Farmers to Focus on Marketing

As agriculture in Iraq grows and evolves, many farmers, packing house operators, wholesalers and food suppliers have questions about its future. They wonder whether produce will be sold in stalls or in supermarkets. They question the impact imported goods will have on Iraqi-raised products. To facilitate discussions about the future of agriculture in Iraq, the […]

University Research Co. (URC) Wins $75m Iraq Contract

University Research Co., LLC (URC) has been awarded a $74,855,589, four-year contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide support to the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MoH) to support the Ministry’s strategic plan to achieve better quality primary health care. URC will manage this project together with Management Systems Internationaland Sallyport, in […]

Iraq Microfinance Celebrates Innovative Loan Products

USAID-Tijara’s Inclusive Financial Services Stakeholders’ Conference began with a pledge to provide greater financial services to people living below Iraq’s poverty line of $2.20 a day and ended with a celebration of innovative loan products that have created or sustained 203,500 jobs since 2003. Participants at the Nov. 28-30 symposium in Erbil debated new Iraqi […]

USAID-TIJARA Plans Microfinance Conference

The USAID-Tijara “Putting the Poor First” microfinance symposium, a program supported by the U.S. Government, will be held November 28-30 in Erbil. The Inclusive Financial Services Stakeholders’ Conference will bring together leaders from the 12 microfinance institutions (MFIs) that provide financial services throughout Iraq. The forum will attract Iraqi policy makers, donors, banks, small business […]

USAID Allocates $80m to Iraqi Health Sector

A Kurdish official has reported that USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, has allocated $80 million to develop the health sector in Iraq. Speaking to AKnews on Tuesday, Khalis Qadir, spokesman for Kurdistan's Health Ministry, said USAID announced the allocation on Monday  in a conference in Tikrit, 140 km northwest of Baghdad. The […]

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Tenders for $180m Contract to Overhaul Iraq’s Civil Service

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has outlined proposals in its request for bidders for a $180 million contract to set up civil service laws and regulations, and to create local institutions to deliver services to the population. The four-year program is called the "Iraq National and Provincial Administrative Reform Project". Applications are to […]

Innovative Agriculture Loan for Farmers in Ninawa

Access to quality financial services, especially for rural small-scale farmers is a challenge anywhere in the world. USAID-Tijara microfinance institution (MFI) partner Tal’afar Economic Development Center (TEDC) launched a new agricultural loan product focused on small-scale rural farmers to help them meet this challenge in the northern Iraq Province of Ninawa. At a ceremony to […]