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Iraq humanitarian response

Australian humanitarian funding in Iraq supports our national interests in the Middle East, including by promoting security and stability in the region.

The Da’esh conflict in Iraq and Syria has been a source of regional and global instability, an incubator for international terrorism, and a major destination for foreign terrorist fighters.

Despite the declaration of military victory over Da'esh by then Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, on 9 December 2017, many Iraqis remain vulnerable and in need of humanitarian assistance.

Australia has committed over $200 million in assistance to Iraq since 2014. Support to Iraq includes a multi-year humanitarian and stabilisation package (2017 – 21) valued at over $116 million. This package has helped Iraq to meet the essential humanitarian needs of vulnerable people, restore essential infrastructure and services, and contributed to building social cohesion in the aftermath of the conflict.

Partners under the package include the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Development Programme Financing Facility for Stabilisation (UNDP FFS), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and Save the Children.

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