NEWS & EVENTS

Resilience Dialogue #2: Investing in Basic Services

“Investing in basic services: from crisis to opportunity?” is the second of a six-part series of web dialogues, hosted by the Qudra 2 Programme, that brings together practitioners from local and international implementing partners as well as donor representatives to share good practices in the protracted Syrian and Iraqi crises.

You can watch the webinar here and download the report here

Resilience Dialogue #1: The Importance of Localization / Report and Recording

To kick off our Resilience Dialogues, we discussed the importance of supporting local organizations in responding to crises with experts from across the region. Re-watch the webinar here to see their insights and recommendations.

You can download the report here

Activity Spotlight / Community Support Projects 

There are over 1,000 municipalities in Turkey, but the more than 3,6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey are heavily clustered around the Turkish-Syrian border and large cities.  

Qudra 2, in cooperation with the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT), provides support to partner municipalities with a high ratio of Syrians living in their communities. 19 of these municipalities receive funding to implement community support projects (CSPs).  

550,000 people benefitted from improved services including COVID-19 prevention measures. Besides, 468,000 people received hygiene kits, awareness-raising materials, and personal protection materials through CSPs directly responding to COVID-19.

Here you can take a closer look at our support to Turkish municipalities. 

Activity Spotlight / COVID-19 response – Iraq 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge all aspects of life in Iraq while the Qudra 2 programme implements “fit for purpose” responses to those affected by COVID-19. 

Qudra 2 and its partners have assisted in health, hygiene, psychosocial support (PSS), protection, and awareness-raising. We have also successfully facilitated the creation of employment opportunities and the delivery of essential services.

In Mosul, Qudra 2’s NGO partner Amalna Foundation provides psychosocial support to isolated COVID-19 patients at hospitals and quarantine locations.

Job-seekers received training in producing personal protective equipment (PPE), leading to income generation opportunities.

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Activity Spotlight / Youth and Women in Kurdistan Region of Iraq Unite to Promote Social Cohesion

40 selected young people participated in training on leadership skills, peace and conflict resolution and community engagement provided by our partner Better World Organization. As a result, the youth planned and implemented 8 of their own community-based initiatives.

Moreover, 40 women were selected to participate in agricultural training, learning from experts how to grow their own vegetables in recycled containers. All 40 women started their own container gardening projects, supporting each other through a WhatsApp group. They also involved their friends and neighbours in the gardening.
Take a closer look at our partners’ efforts aimed at engaging youth and women to contribute to social cohesion in their communities.

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Kurdistan Region of Iraq – Working women fighting the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes it even harder to earn a living, research on the gender impact of Coronavirus shows that the loss of economic opportunities is more dramatic for women, who already faced an insecure and unstable situation in Iraq. 

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Gender-Sensitive Media Coverage

Media plays a vital role as a source of information and shaper of opinion. Yet, women’s voices are often underrepresented, and content production continues to perpetuate gender stereotypes. Coverage of violence against women is often insensitive and sensationalist. Therefore, sometimes media are intentionally or unintentionally harming women when covering such critical and sensitive topics.

In this context, CFI medias conducted two workshops on Gender Sensitive Media Coverage to improve journalists’ skills and knowledge concerning the guidelines they should abide by when covering women related issues.

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Host Community and Refugees in Küçükçekmece / Need Analysis and Perception

Küçükçekmece is the second largest district of İstanbul. With a population of more than eight hundred thousand, of which 10% are a refugees, the municipality faces a challenge to meet the needs of the community with its limited sources.

With the support of Qudra 2, the municipality commissioned a team of academics from the Turkish-German University Migration and Integration Research Center (TAGU) to conduct an in-depth needs assessment.

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Infodemic in the shadow of the pandemic

Disease threats like #COVID19 are difficult to cope with both psychologically and physically. While most people are looking for the most updated information about the pandemic, the information overload can create “information pollution” that results in “fake news” appearing in the media.

Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic we have witnessed an #infodemic, which is why it is important to find credible and reliable sources of information!

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Iraq & Turkey / Quick Impact Projects for local communities

In all four Qudra 2 partner countries local governments have been at the forefront of basic service delivery to refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has added new challenges.

Qudra 2 supports the efforts of local government partners to deliver inclusive basic services to their communities. This contributes not only to the wellbeing of individuals, but also social cohesion and stability in communities.

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Skills Needs Analysis / Demand-led training: what the labour market needs

A newly published skills needs analysis conducted by Enabel provides an overview of employment trends in the semi-skilled level within Jordan and seeks to identify focus areas for future training programmes. The report presents key contextual findings in relation to in-demand priority sectors and vocations in the middle, north and south regions of Jordan, as well as in the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps. The assessment also explores employment and demand shifts in targeted areas considering COVID-19, its effect on vocational sectors, and challenges of involving the private sector in Work Based Learning.

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Fashioning futures for women and youth

Armed conflict and violence increase the number of widowed women who have to take on the responsibility to earn a living that enables them to support their families and take care of their children. Finding a job and claiming their independence is often an unforgiving struggle for these vulnerable women.

With the support of Qudra 2, 15 vulnerable women from female-headed households successfully completed the first training course at Kurd Moda company in Raparin.

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Interactive Webinars kickstart / Work Based Learning Model development

To promote Work-Based Learning (WBL) as an essential component of vocational training programmes and a vital approach to employment, Enabel conducted a series of four webinars to establish a foundation for drafting a WBL Jordanian model and implementation plan as part of the “Developing skills for employability of Syrian refugees and vulnerable youth in Jordan” component of the Qudra 2 programme. The four webinars were held on the 13th, 15th, 17th, and 20th of September 2020.

The series of webinars incorporated the private sector’s perspective and established a learning environment where information and lessons learned were exchanged by presenting national, regional and international points of view related to implementing different forms of WBL (apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training).

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International Youth Day celebrated despite COVID-19 challenges

As part of the cooperation between the Qudra 2 programme and the GIZ’s Sport for Development (S4D) project, a sport event was jointly organized by GIZ, teachers and youth leaders to celebrate International Youth Day in Jordan on 12 August 2020.

The event showcased the importance of youth engagement, health, and leisure time activities to promote social competencies and life skills.

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Sport can help people, especially children and youth to process trauma and stress

As the Coronavirus outbreak forces us to stay inside, the GIZ regional programme Sport for Development (S4D) together with the emergency pedagogy teams of the NGO Friends for Waldorf Education (FEW) have adapted their support in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) to this new reality: S4D coaches, youth leaders and instructors produce daily videos to keep their teams active, healthy and fit at home.

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A hotline to provide 24-hour access to help on domestic violence

In Central Iraq, Mosul, our NGO partner Amalna provides psychosocial support (PSS) and awareness-raising sessions at the family level through the mobile counsellors. A hotline for tele-counselling was introduced to provide 24-hour access to help on domestic violence. Upon request, person to person counselling is arranged at the Jawsaq centre while of course adhering to social distancing rules. PSS was also provided to those hospitalized for COVID-19.

Qudra 2 continues with its support for safe learning spaces through improving facility management at public schools

Qudra 2 will continue its support for safe learning spaces through improving facility management at public schools. Guidelines are being developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and training will be provided to educators and administrators. These will also address how schools can improve the safety of children in the face of COVID-19.

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Online sessions on psycho-social support (PSS) are provided to children and adults through group discussions, as well as awareness-raising sessions on protection risks and on COVID-19

Together with the local NGO partners Akkarouna, Mouvement Social, Abaad and AFEL Liban, online sessions on psycho-social support (PSS) are provided to children and adults through group discussions, as well as awareness-raising sessions on protection risks and on COVID-19.

For instance, the interactive e-sessions conducted by AFEL aimed at providing psychos-social support to vulnerable Syrian and Lebanese children, focusing on boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem during these challenging times of lock down and social instability.

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Qudra 2 continues its impact through the successful cooperation with Kilis Municipality which was established during Qudra 1

Local governments are leading the COVID-19 responses around the world as they are in the frontline of citizen engagement, service delivery and the management of public space. The Turkish Pandemic Influenza National Preparedness Plan, published in 2019, also underlines that municipalities bear a major part of the responsibilities during a pandemic – such as ensuring that the necessary information is disseminated and that public spaces are clean to prevent transmission.

Sewing machines provided to Kilis Municipality community centres to provide handicraft and employment opportunities for women are now being put to use to fight the spread of COVID-19. Local women are producing masks for their communities, increasing the resilience and social cohesion during the crisis.

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