In the last 20 years, living conditions for the vast majority of the population have improved greatly. Electricity and running water are normal features of all Iraqi villages in rural areas. Mud huts in remote places are rapidly being replaced by brick dwellings. Major cities like Mosul, Basrah, and especially Baghdad have most of the amenities of modern living.
Traditionally, Iraqis have lived in single family dwellings, but in the last 15 years, the government had built a number of high-rise apartments, especially in Baghdad. It had done so to control urban sprawl and to cut down on suburban service expenditures. From 1980–88, total housing units numbered 2,478,000 with 6.5 people per dwelling.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq by international coalition forces caused destruction and damage to a large portion of the housing sector, particularly in and around Baghdad. The UN responded to the crisis by providing construction materials through the Oil for Food Program. The housing sector had been part of this program since 2000. Through the program, about 64,932 housing units were built to accommodate about 551,922 people.
In November 2017, The Minister of MoCHMPW, stated the endorsement of the new housing policy coincide with the liberation of most of the previously controlled areas by ISIL and the exacerbation of challenges to reconstruct the damaged areas, and its timely occasion to discuss the future role of UN-Habitat to enhance its contribution to support the Government’s efforts in reconstruction and to transform the Iraqi cities into more inclusive, secure, sustainable and resilient. (press release in English and Arabic)
Iraq National Housing Policy ONLY FOR VOLUNTEERS
Agencies reporting household level rehabilitation activities that are planned, ongoing or completed in all of Iraq until July 2018:
Local Church of Hamdaniya
Refugee and IDPs camps
Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF)
Camp management at refugee and IDP camps is among the BCF’s main working areas. A large number of camps has been set up in the recent years to accommodate the large and growing number of refugees and IDPs in the Kurdistan Region. Through a number of its skilled and experienced staff, the BCF undertakes the management at a number of these camps. The camp management tasks include:
- Coordinating humanitarian work with other humanitarian organizations and parties
- Coordination with the local government to meet the needs of the camp including the provision of camp’s infrastructure, electricity, water and sanitation.
- Overseeing camp security management in collaboration with the local government and communities inside the camp
- Managing cultural and educational centers inside camps
https://www.facebook.com/BarzaniCharityFoundation99/ (facebook page)
Kurdistan Region-Iraq, Erbil, hawleri new Qtr, 120M Road, Next to MassCity Complex