What we do
Priorities of CCR country programme in Iraq are based on the existing and predicted needs. A brief overview of respective priorities follows below.
Improve Shelter and Living Conditions
Being one of the main actors in the region CCR has rich experience in providing shelter and assistance to IDPs and returnees in order to improve their living conditions towards dignified, secure and adequate standards by means of distributing Sealing-Off Kits and rehabilitating critical shelters.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
In terms of WASH facilities for IDPs living in camps CCR considers durable and sustainable solutions to be a fundamental segment of humanitarian aid. In this regard, besides distributing hygiene kits and sanitation supplies, CCR boasts a successful construction of sewage systems and sanitation facilities for camp residents while utilizing cash for work activities.
Primary Healthcare Support
CCR deems the provision of adequate access to healthcare services in the camp as one of the key priorities. In the course of its presence in Iraq, the organization has implemented a number of projects to improve beneficiaries’ conditions in this domain. Those mainly aimed at building Primary Health Care centres, providing medical supplies, installation of equipment and raising the capacity of health personnel.
Distribution of Non-Food Items and Winterization Support
In response to the needs of the most vulnerable camp residents CCR strives to ensure appropriate distribution of critical life-saving Non-Food Items, including emergency cash based operations. Particular attention is paid to female or child headed households, adults and children with disabilities, large households and pregnant and lactating women. EARLY RECOVERY
Support of Livelihoods and Improve Food Safety
While shifting its focus towards sustainable development, CCR is fully alert to the current socio-political situation in the country. As an international NGO, CCR has a privilege to benefit from good practice shared within the organization which contributes to subject foreknowledge. This results in being more efficient and successful in many areas, including enchasing the restoration of local livelihoods. In this direction CCR works on engaging beneficiaries in development of an environment-friendly agricultural infrastructure and its promotion.
As an active partner in the Shelter Cluster in Iraq, CCR plays a significant role in improving living conditions of vulnerable returnee families through rehabilitation of war-damaged houses. Methodology used includes the delegation of rehabilitation responsibility to the head of the household. Such approach enhances the community participation and the ownership of beneficiaries over the provided service.
School Feeding and Safety Net
Throughout the years of its existence CCR has built sufficient capacity to implement complex multi-sectoral projects. Those incorporate a wide range of stakeholders and beneficiaries, and therefore demand distinguished cooperation, operational and executive competencies. Presence in the country allows CCR to meet such demand and conduct a project which aims at contributing to improving education and nutritional levels of primary school children through providing fresh school feeding basket, promoting hygienic practices and enhancing children’s well-being whilst supporting the restoration of livelihoods and market capacity by creating job opportunities.
Mediation and Peaceful Reconciliation
Dynamic nature of CCR permits to intervene both promptly and in a highly professional manner. Following the mass return of population to the retaken territories, many encounter HLP-related disputes. CCR’s convenient response is targeting both those directly affected by the
disputes and local authorities and community leaders who are to be trained in mediation techniques and then certified to be capable of handling HLP issues in the future. The ambition is to establish a local institutionalized mechanism for mediation and resolving HLP disputes.
Improve Access to Healthcare Services
Aware of how beneficial sustainable healthcare is for the country’s overall development, CCR is an eligible partner of the Ministry of Health in Iraq and a holder of registration certificate which allows CCR’s personnel to access health facilities and provide health services across Iraq. In close cooperation with the Ministry CCR operates in sphere of rehabilitation of healthcare facilities and is contributing by installation of new medical equipment and devices in addition to simplifying the repairs and maintenance of medical devices and reduce the respective cost.
Regardless of enormous amount of work done in the country in the past years, each sector of both humanitarian aid and development efforts has spacious room for expansion. Numerous brand-new needs arise in newly established political context. Lack of reliable institutionalized support and service provision suggests that more Iraqi authorities and institutions should be considered as direct beneficiaries. Municipalities must be reasonably approached with intention to initiate and motivate active cooperation. Additionally, it is crucial to support development of efficient and independent social system operated by adequately trained and qualified personnel. Same applies to judicial system. Assistance to small and middle scale entrepreneurs and businesses has a potential to boost the employment and therefore improve economic situation of households. Current CCR strategy is leaning in the direction of long-term sustainable development of the region. However, with the prognosis not so optimistic in regards of near future number of IDPs in the camps, emergency interventions cannot be neglected. In this vein more attention must be payed to psychological support to camps’ residents, keeping in mind the assumption that those who still live there are the most vulnerable.
DEVELOPMENT AND TRIPLE NEXUS
In alignment with the humanitarian-peace-development nexus, CCR aims at shifting towards longer-term interventions with increased focus on sustainability of applied solutions, while addressing the persisting emergency needs at the same time. Along with this gradual redirection, CCR will work on corresponding upgrade of its internal capacities, development of new partnerships (with educational and research institutions, business entities etc.) and establishing cooperation with new donors.
This strategy is already being implemented by CCR and so far it has focused in the following sectors of operation:
Support of Livelihoods
The devastating conflict left the infrastructure of the country in a condition which needs well-planned and comprehensive attendance. CCR is willing to continue its involvement in rehabilitation of both physical infrastructure and provision of basic services while securing the recourses needed to generate income and increasing access to livelihood opportunities for the current and the future generations.
Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
Environmental degradation of the territories is amongst one of the main concerns of CCR. Water resources are among the key factors for the country’s stability and security, and are essential for the development of the agricultural sector. Damaged irrigation systems and water management plans demand urgent revision and rehabilitation. With sustainable strategy in mind, corresponding trainings of participating stakeholders are vital. CCR can also guarantee its contribution to the rise of public awareness of environmental issues.
Improve Access to Healthcare Services
Having valuable experience in implementation of several healthcare aiming projects allows CCR to take steps in terms of improving of the overall quality of the healthcare services. In addition to being able to import new technologies, CCR is also capable to contribute to building the stakeholders’ capacities in relevant fields and deliver technical trainings to medical and administrative staff.