The semi-autonomous region in the north of Iraq has seen over 2.5 million Syrian and Kurdish people displaced within its borders as a result of recent wars. Mosul, federal Iraq's third-largest city, home to Kurds and Arabs, was recently recaptured from the Islamic State, which as a result of their violence and raids, more than 500,000 Iraqis fled the city and are now slowly returning. Young people are at risk of becoming radicalised due to the presence of the Islamic State and lack of job or educational opportunities. SPARK’s programmes in federal Iraq and Kurdistan Region of Iraq, support youth from all over the country to access higher and vocational education and developing SMEs, to have better economic inclusion and rebuild their conflict-affected and war-torn communities.

Programmes in this location

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“You can call me the ‘Queen of Waste’”

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Tamara Younis A Journey of Dedication and Resilience

“The training prepared me to enter the labour market”

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Europe Day SPARK

“A construction worker by day and a delivery guy at night”

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“There’s a lot of opportunity in adversity”

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“Sindbad: No longer a fairytale in Baghdad”

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Opening pathways to employment

  • 741
    Scholarships Provided
  • 64
    Jobs Created
  • 532
    Youth Trained
  • 1058
    Received Student Service