Foreword from the Chief of Mission
As we enter the second half of 2011 IOM has taken the lead in community stabilization while continuing its reintegration and its emergency assistance efforts within Iraq.
Maintaining awareness from its well placed and highly effective array of monitors, IOM has continuously assessed the status of fragile communities and supplied assistance according to their needs. There will continue to be particular emphasis on the most vulnerable groups in needy communities, including IDPs, returnees and female-headed households.
IOM Iraq's programmes aim to alleviate poverty and address the most immediate needs of vulnerable families. This builds confidence in the ability of community groups to manage their own development and advocate for their needs, and enhances the skills and responsiveness of local and regional government.
We will continue to empower local communities to take the lead in their own development. IOM's broad network of field staff ensures that local stakeholders work and learn side-by-side with our staff and ultimately create sustainable development structures that will continue long after IOM exits.
Chief of Mission, IOM Iraq