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USAID is providing a direct grant to Top Mountain, a local organization based in the Kurdistan region, to promote entrepreneurship and improve Iraqis’ employability and job-readiness.

Pays : Irak
Localisation : Erbil, Ninewa, and several IDP camps

Durée : September 2019 - October 2021

Contexte : Ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq faced persecution and suffered genocide and displacement from terrorist groups such as the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As a result, many Christians, Yezidis, and other minority groups have fled and are currently living in camps or cities with few opportunities for pursuing education or work, and no way to return home. Local economic growth is an important element for enabling safe return and long-term recovery of persecuted minority groups, but many barriers stand in the way, particularly for women and youth. Without the necessary skills and resources, these communities struggle to successfully enter the workforce or start their own businesses, which can contribute to improved livelihoods for themselves and their families, and greater social stability for all.

By increasing economic and employment opportunities, USAID promotes stability and encourages the safe return of persecuted minority groups to northern Iraq. Through the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI), USAID is providing a direct grant to Top Mountain, a local organization based in the Kurdistan region. Top Mountain promotes entrepreneurship and improves Iraqis’ employability and job readiness through initiatives that include a business incubator and a youth-focused employment program. In partnership with USAID Top Mountain provides Iraqi youth, including those from persecuted minority groups and in Internally-Displaced Person (IDP) camps, with entrepreneurial support, business training in technical and soft skills, and important networking opportunities that enable local economic growth. In addition, the Top Mountain program recently launched a Business Accelerator project to provide grants to 15 micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in Iraq to develop and grow their businesses and recover from COVID-19.

Partenaires : Top Mountain

Budget  : $851,771

Agence de Développement International du Gouvernement des Etats Unis (USAID)

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