CRP: Promoting Stabilization and Serving Iraq's Greatest Needs
The Community Revitalization Program (CRP) is multi-sectorial program that focuses on the implementation of livelihood projects, rehabilitation of shared economic and social infrastructure, and capacity building of local stakeholders and governmental authorities. CRP aims to contribute to stabilization in Iraq by improving the conditions for sustainable economic and social inclusion of vulnerable individuals in communities with significant populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees. This program is a comprehensive, community-based initiative that empowers local communities to take the lead in their own development. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and implemented by IOM Iraq, this program is presently finishing its second phase (CRP II) covering the 2012 to 2013 year with a grant from PRM for $11.6 million dollars. To date, CRP II has served nearly 3,000 beneficiaries across 9 governorates under its 3 programs: CMTs and WEGs form the core of CRP programming. IOM founded Community Management Teams (CMTs) and Women’s Empowerment Groups (WEGs) as a space for community leadership in identifying local needs as well as implementing and monitoring projects. COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION INITIATIVES (CRIs) are social and economic infrastructure projects proposed by the community to address local problems using local resources. LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE promotes individual beneficiaries’ economic integration into society through job placement, vocational and farmer training, and in-kind grants to start or re-establish small businesses.