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. Young people are at risk of becoming radicalised due to the presence of the Islamic State and a lack of job or educational opportunities. Despite the challenges, huge investments have been made in energy, infrastructure and tourism, creating major opportunities to boost the region’s economy. SPARK’s programmes focus on vulnerable youth, countering violent extremism, providing higher (vocational) education scholarships and developing SMEs.

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Opening pathways to employment

  • 518
    Scholarships Provided
  • 64
    Jobs Created
  • 383
    Youth Trained
  • 1028
    Received Student Service