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 fighters. Since the conflict began in 2014, over 5.9 million people have been displaced from their homes — many several times.
Despite the declaration of military victory over Da'esh by the then Iraqi Prime Minister on 9 December 2017, many Iraqis remain vulnerable and in need of humanitarian assistance. As at 25 September 2020, almost 1.3 million Iraqis remain displaced from their homes and 4.1 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
On 25 April 2017, the Australian Government announced a three-year $100 million Iraq Humanitarian and Stabilisation Package (December 2017 — 30 June 2020). This aid package provided Iraqis with critical, life-saving assistance such as food, medical assistance and access to clean water. Australia’s support also provided assistance to vulnerable communities to improve their safety, well-being and dignity (protection). This form of assistance specifically targeted women, girls and people with disabilities.
The Iraq Package also supported the Government of Iraq's efforts to stabilise liberated areas through demining, mine risk educating, and the restoration of essential services and critical infrastructure. In addition, recognising that the long-term stability of a post-war Iraq relies upon the reconciliation of different communities, Australian funding supported social cohesion activities.
Partners under the package included 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), International Humanitarian Organisations, and Save the Children.
Since 2014, the Australian Government has provided over $180 million in assistance to Iraq.