The Settlements Rehabilitation Programme in Northern Iraq was implemented within the framework of the United Nations Inter-Agency Humanitarian Programme in Iraq that was responsible for all UN relief activity in Northern Iraq on behalf of the Iraqi Government.
The programme was successful in involving the participating communities in project implementation where dwellings were constructed by the communities themselves with basic designs and materials and technical advice provided by UN HABITAT. The programme established a system of permanent consultation with the local authorities to ensure their participation in the planning, supervision and maintenance of the executed works. Capacity building activities are being implemented to improve the ability of local authorities, communities and the construction industry to manage rehabilitation programmes.
The programme focused on assisting vulnerable sectors of the population to ensure access to infrastructure and services. There were almost 300 projects as part of the programme. Over 15,000 jobs were created in the construction sector and its activities have contributed to speed up the economic and social recovery in Iraq. The programme contributed to DMP’s work in promoting sustainable models for relief programming, particularly focusing on integrated approaches to infrastructure in post conflict situations. Duration: Completed November 2003