Australia has major security, political, economic and humanitarian interests in finding a solution to, and mitigating the impacts of, the conflict in Iraq. The conflict is a source of regional and global instability, an incubator for international terrorism and a major destination for foreign fighters. Over the course of the Da'esh conflict, over 5.9 million people were displaced from their homes. Despite the declaration of military victory over Da'esh by then Iraqi Prime Minister on 9 December 2017, many Iraqis remain in need of humanitarian assistance. As at August 2019, 1.6 million Iraqis remain internally displaced and 6.7 million are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
On 25 April 2017, the then Prime Minister announced a three-year $100 million Iraq Humanitarian and Stabilisation Package (December 2017 – 30 June 2020).
Our funding addresses humanitarian needs such as food, medical assistance and access to clean water. It also addresses protection risks for the most vulnerable with a particular emphasis on women and girls.
By providing funding over three years, our support provides predictability and stability to partners, allowing for better planning and more efficient delivery of our aid.
Partners under the package include the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UNDP Financing Facility for Stabilisation (FFS), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), International Humanitarian Organisations, and Save the Children.
The package also supports the Government of Iraq's efforts to stabilise liberated areas by restoring basic services for those returning to their homes. Recognising that the long-term stability of a post-war Iraq relies upon reconciliation, Australian funding supports social cohesion and reconciliation mechanisms and initiatives.