NEWS & EVENTS

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 𝘁𝗵𝗲 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.

Read more and download the report here

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.


In Iraq, Quick Impact Projects have delivered infrastructure improvements, while in Turkey, social cohesion and other basic social services were at the forefront of our support to communities.
Iraq – Quick Impact Projects for local communities
In Iraq, the successful Governorate Development Facility (GDF) and its Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) have continued in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The focus has been on the urgent need for health services, access to clean water and safe roads.
Under the guidance of the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) in KRI, QIPs are identified in a highly participatory and transparent process that ensures that priority needs of local communities are met.
27 QIPs have been or are in the process of being implemented. A priority was placed to improving water and electricity supply to residential areas, ensuring road safety, access to health services, and adequate education facilities.
Examples include the connection of residential areas to the water and/or electricity networks, the extension of maternity health facilities and school rehabilitation.
Three QIPs directly tackled the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of Qudra 2, the Governorate of Halabja established the first diagnostic laboratory, the Governorate of Sulaymaniyah added an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to the Qalawchalan Hospital of the Peshmerga Health foundation and the Governorate of Erbil provided the power supply for a newly established COVID-19 hospital.
59,400 people have benefitted directly from the QIPs responding to COVID-19.
QIPs that are being implemented and/or completed in education, social services, health, water, electricity and roads & network sectors have reached more than 680,000 beneficiaries of which more than 208,100 are refugees and IDPs.
A second round of QIPs is planned for the next year in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Turkey – Inclusive service delivery through improved local government capacity
In Turkey, Qudra 2 supports Local Government Units (LGUs) to strengthen their capacities to deliver their services in a transparent and inclusive manner. Qudra 2 is providing support to 19 partner municipalities through capacity development, dialogue and Community Support Projects (CSPs) in cooperation with the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT). All supported municipalities have a high ratio of Syrians under Temporary Protection living in their communities.
In the first grant cycle in 2020, 17 different CSPs contributed to improved basic services and social cohesion. At the same time, the capacity of municipalities to respond to basic service needs of their refugee and host community population was strengthened. Community support projects also promote social cohesion in the local community, mainly through skills development courses, including language skills, as well as cultural, arts and sports activities for children and youth, as well as women.
Community support covered a wide range of different services, e.g., related to environmental health, cleaning, and solid waste management. One municipality, for example, built up volunteer fire brigade teams in different remote villages, that are regularly hit by wildfires. Those teams can now act as first responders to ensure the safety of their neighbours. Other projects restored playground and parks, which now invite residents, the young and old alike, for playing, physical exercise and chats.
Four CSPs directly responded to COVID-19 and provided around 270,000 beneficiaries with hygiene kits, awareness-raising materials, trainings, and personal protection materials.
In total, 323,000 beneficiaries are benefitting from improved services including COVID-19 prevention measures through the first grant cycle implemented in Turkey.
Participatory needs assessments are already starting in the Qudra 2 municipalities for a second round of community support projects in 2021.

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.


A thorough desk review of investment, trade and labour market-related data, as well as primary data collection from virtual semi-structured Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) ensured a robust methodology.
Seventeen key stakeholders, representing government institutions, vocational training institutions (VTIs), donors and business associations, as well as 31 private sector companies from different sectors were interviewed.
Employment opportunities are mainly concentrated in the capital Amman, followed by the northern region and the south.
The study suggests selection of the following priority sectors for future training programmes: agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail sale and tourism.
In the Zaatari refugee camp, caravan and car maintenance, electrical and heater maintenance, carpentry/ decoration and soap production have been identified as recommended sectors with employment potential.
The Azraq refugee camp itself demonstrates very limited employment opportunities however, opportunities are available outside the camp in sectors such as agriculture and garment manufacture.
The report will be disseminated to inform decisions related to the design and implementation of appropriate vocational training programmes to be implemented by training providers and VET stakeholders.

Download the report here

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, Sulaymaniyah, KRI. All 15 women are now employed at the company to produce professionally designed women clothes and personal protective equipment and are now able to support themselves and their children.
Many youths face a similar situation as they struggle to gain access to the labour market.
With Qudra 2 support, 45 unemployed youth, mostly vulnerable women from the Daratoo, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) participated in practical skills training sessions, provided by Medical World Factory, on the industrial production of urgently needed personal protective equipment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
This training takes these unemployed youth one step closer to integration in the labour market and some economic freedom.

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).

The four webinars tackled the definition and types of work-based learning; tools and mechanisms for implementing WBL-schemes; as well as policy issues surrounding its introduction. National, regional and international case studies were presented, and participants discussed quality assurance and the formal recognition of WBL.

The elite group of speakers represented national and international organisations and bodies including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the European Training Foundation (ETF), Enabel Palestine, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Technical Vocational Skills Development Commission (TVSDC), National Employment and Training Co. (NET), and sectoral skills development councils.

Between 30-40 participants attended each webinar and represented a variety of organisations including Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers, NGOs, INGOs, governmental entities and private sector enterprises.
The webinars resulted in a set of clear steps and key elements for applying the WBL approach. These emphasised the importance of building institutional partnerships among VET sector stakeholders and defining their roles and responsibilities holistically with a special eye on the private sector perspective.

Watch the webinar series here

International Youth Day celebrated despite COVID-19 challenges

The Qudra 2 programme offers structured extracurricular sports and cultural activities for children and young people to foster quality education and social cohesion. S4D employs proven educational methods to promote physical and mental development of children and young people, including disadvantaged and disabled youth. Coaching local trainers, physical education teachers and community workers sensitizes them to the diverse options for development that sport supports. Equipped with this knowledge, facilitators can use sports activities to promote social competencies and life skills.

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.

Three smaller sessions – hosted in parallel at different locations to ensure compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures – attracted, entertained, and educated 46 children with fun activities and reflection sessions. The activities included a football tournament, sport parkours, and ultimate frisbee, among others. Reflection sessions between children and activity facilitators after each event supported the development of social skills amongst participating children and youth.

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. Videos produced on, for example, goalkeeping or fitness training are published on the S4D YouTube Channel and are also disseminated among other digital platforms to give easy access to the team members.

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.

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.

Quick Impact projects (QIPs)

The Governorate Development Facility has so far selected 27 Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) for implementation to improve basic service delivery jointly with local authorities and communities

With its support for Quick Impact Projects (QIPs), the Governorate Development Facility has helped to rebuild small-scale infrastructure together with the local authorities and communities, providing better basic services and livelihood opportunities. More than 300,000 citizens benefitted from improved electricity and water supply, access to education and health services and economic opportunities. Under Qudra 2, the Governorate Development Facility in KRI has selected an additional 27 QIPs for implementation. During the lockdown three additional QIPs were jointly selected to specifically support basic service delivery in the health sector: power supply for an isolation hospital in Erbil, a laboratory for viral diagnosis in Halabja and an ICU ward for a Peshmerga clinic in Sulaymaniyah. Over 680,000 people in 62 municipalities will benefit from improved services. 62 Government officials were trained in public service delivery.

In the second phase, the successful model will be extended to the liberated areas of Iraq. Preparations are on-going.

Over 680,000 people in 62 municipalities to benefit from improved services

62 Government officials trained in public service delivery

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.

To ensure safe school transport a steering committee, co-chaired by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Transportation, is being set up. The committee will guide efforts to make sure that school transport is safer for all children. In parallel to the support for the transport to the educational institutes, preparations for the new school year under the COVID-19 is ongoing in cooperation with Ministry of Education based on the recommendations shared in the Education during Emergency Plan 2020-2022 which focuses on developing interactive distant learning and media channelled approaches to ensure learning continuity.

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. When children are prone to negative feelings, the PSS session supports them to strengthen their resilience and build the right mindset, through naturalizing the feeling of happiness in their daily lives. The activities used with children were based on storytelling, drawing and constructive visual content.

Educators of Abaad facilitated emotional support groups through phone calls with parents. The aim was to strengthen their emotional resilience during the challenging times of COVID-19.

Akkarouna continued to provide vulnerable children and women remotely with psycho-social support, COVID-19 awareness and positive parenting e-sessions to support the families build their resilience and cope with the current situation. The Covid-19 awareness sessions were used to disseminate relevant information and offer the beneficiaries a platform where they can discuss and learn and also debunk myths around the subject. Mothers who participated in positive parenting sessions showed high levels of participation and enthusiasm. They felt comfortable at home, as they were saved the anxiety of leaving their families and their shores unattended.

The e-sessions conducted by Mouvement Social supported parents with positive parenting, using audio visual materials, like videos, imagery and informative posters to increase their knowledge and strengthen their resilience and help them cope with the COVID-19 challenging times. Mouvement Social supported as well vulnerable children
with online psychos-social sessions to ease the stress created by the lockdown, focusing as well on important topics like the bullying faced by many children during the outbreak.
April – June 2020
More than 1300 children and 3,200 adults are reached
through online PSS and awareness-raising sessions on
Protection, Child Protection and COVID-19

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

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.

Qudra 2 will build on this successful partnership and will continue to support Kilis Municipality with new projects. This is part of its new focus on supporting municipalities in Turkey to meet the challenges of the refugee crisis, implemented in partnership with the Union of Municipalities in Turkey (UMT). 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.

After a rapid needs assessment and careful planning, Qudra 2 also supports its implementing partner, UMT in providing fast and comprehensive support to selected municipalities in southeast Turkey. In line with the recommendations from Turkey’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the support will reach a total of more than 89,000 beneficiaries through:

1,000 items of personal protective equipment provided for municipal workers
25,500 hygiene kits provided to the members of vulnerable households including refugees and host community members
62,000 community members and more than 800 municipal workers who benefit from awareness-raising activities
Through these and other measures, Qudra 2 will support municipalities during COVID-19 and assists the communities on the path to a “new normal” after the pandemic.