Community Revitalization Program Goals
Since 2007, IOM has been supporting the Government of Iraq in stabilizing vulnerable communities that have a high number of internally displaced persons, returnees and residents from the host communities, through job creation and income generation activities aimed at improving the livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups across Iraq. This has been carried out through the IOM Iraq Program for Human Security and Stabilization (PHSS) Phase I, II and III (2007– 2011). PHSS evolved into the Community Revitalization Program (CRP), which has changed the lives of thousands of Iraqis over the last five years.
The CRP and PHSS have benefited from broad donor support, with the U.S. Government generously providing funding for CRP for the last several years. During its initial years, IOM’s livelihood approach contributed once again to addressing rising unemployment and instability by promoting gainful self-employment, revitalizing public infrastructure and promoting peaceful co-existence. This enabled vulnerable families to secure a minimum income. Eight years on, this approach has evolved into a stronger community- centered approach that contributes towards building the long-term resilience of communities throughout Iraq.