Provided camp management, conflict resolution, and resilience building to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities throughout Iraq.
Beginning in 2017, Blumont’s UNHCR-funded Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Conflict Resolution and Resilience Building (C2RB) programs worked in four IDP camps in Kirkuk, 10 in Al Anbar and Salaheldin, and throughout Al-Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Kirkuk, and Salaheldin Governorates.
In Kirkuk Governorate, the program identified critical needs and provided camp residents with secure shelter, food, water, core relief items, electricity, infrastructure, and essential services. Through meeting these essential needs, the program eased many everyday burdens for beneficiaries, improved their living conditions, and reduced their vulnerability. The program also focused on the larger needs of the community by carrying out community mobilization activities for children, youth, and women, and provided health awareness campaigns and psychosocial support to promote IDPs’ well-being.
In Al Anbar and Salaheldin, the program supported locally-appointed camp management teams by operating Mobile Response Teams. Supporting camp managements’ operations, building their capacities, and facilitating coordination between camp management and NGOs, the program ensured each camp received effective oversight and that IDPs’ needs were addressed in a timely and appropriate manner. Mobile Response Teams also implemented quick-impact projects to teach practical skills and offer employment/income to both men and women.
The program also supported conflict resolution and resilience building by identifying sources of tension between IDPs and host communities and proposing and implementing solutions. Through leadership trainings, theater, focus group discussions, and conflict resolution sessions, the program helped beneficiaries explore prevalent issues and identify possible solutions, as well as encouraged understanding within IDP and host communities.