• Aid Gate Organization
    Your solution to localisation
    We’re working to create a more resilient, empowered, green, equal, and peaceful future in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Aid Gate Organization
    Your solution to localisation
    We’re working to create a more resilient, empowered, green, equal, and peaceful future in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Aid Gate Organization
    Your solution to localisation
    We’re working to create a more resilient, empowered, green, equal, and peaceful future in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.

WHAT WE DO

Livelihoods

AGO implements a series of livelihood projects designed to help vulnerable families earn a living in both urban and rural areas of Iraqi governorates. AGO’s approach to livelihood prioritizes the inclusion and participation of vulnerable groups, particularly women. These programs’ primary beneficiaries include IDPs, returnees, and the host community’s vulnerable members. Income Generation assistance is one of AGO’s Livelihood interventions that aims to impart vocational skills or provides capital or commodities that enhance the capacity of individuals or groups to general income. while AGO’s Vocational skills Training in collaboration with government vocational training centers(VTCs) is a method of Livelihood Assistance that aims to build the capacity and specific skill set of the individual beneficiary, in order to provide increased opportunity for future economic stability. In the meantime, AGO supports Micro Small, and Medium Businesses’ including the establishment of businesses and services that were lacking in the community at the time of the project. The need for these was identified through an assessment process and interviews with community leaders and relevant governmental institutions. In order to provide professional experience in an environment with a lack of economic opportunities, AGO implements Apprenticeships for a variety of geographic locations. another of AGO’s approaches is the Cash-for-Work which is a short-term intervention that AGO uses to provide temporary employment in public projects (such as repairing roads, clearing debris, or re-building infrastructure) to the most vulnerable segments of the population. in the meantime and in response to the immediate need of the community AGO implements multi-porpus cash assistance for vulnerable families in Iraq. While AGO working on traditional Livelihood intervention AGO introduces a new era of Livelihood approaches to Iraq including the Enterprise and Innovation Programme(EIP) stimulate sustainable growth AGO’s EIP program’s key goal is to support the development of startups and to the of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and improve the business advisory services infrastructure. AGO’s EIP’s targeted outcomes include an increase in the number of (i) successfully supported startups, (ii) resilient and growing MSMEs, and (iii) jobs created, in addition to (iv) an increase in the capacity of local business advisory services providers (BASPs). AGO’s EIP will achieve its objectives through:

* Establishing Business Innovation Centers (BICs)

* Improving the quality of business advisory services and mentorship offered to MSMEs and startups

* Stimulating business linkages between startups/MSMEs and Business Advisory Service Providers (BASP)

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Social Cohesion

AGO has been engaged locally in Iraq with efforts to prevent conflict and sustain peace through integrated, conflict-sensitive development programming. AGO’s work on community resilience programs and peacebuilding activities speaks directly to social cohesion. That agenda cuts across the organization’s programmes and initiatives in conflict prevention, preventing violent extremism, working with youth. AGO’s portfolio of activities in conflict prevention and management, facilitation and dialogue, and consensus-building has been focused on a strategic perspective. That is, strengthening social cohesion, defined as the extent of trust in government and within society and the willingness to participate collectively toward a shared vision of sustainable peace and common development goals. AGO initiatives to support infrastructures for peace, prevent violent extremism and support responsive, inclusive and resilient institutions all relate directly to the goal of strengthening social cohesion.Achieving this goal is a prerequisite for sustainable development and peaceful societies. Programmes and projects that seek to achieve it have become an important feature of AGO’s efforts to address the distrust and challenges of managing difference and diversity. They range from launching dialogue projects to developing local government capacities for consultation and building bridges across communities that focus on common values and common destinies. AGO’s social cohesion-related programmes and projects aim to provide a basis for conflict prevention and peacebuilding through deeper understanding, dialogue, interaction and interdependency. When societies are more cohesive and channels of dialogue, cooperation and interaction are multiple and multi-layered, efforts to promote hate and highlight differences will not succeed. Thus, building social cohesion also strengthens the resilience of states and societies so that they can change and adapt to 21st century challenges. AGO core Social cohesion intervention:

* Peacebuilding

* Preventing violence extremism (PVE/ PCVE)

* Capacity and resilience building

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Agriculture And Climate Changes

Climate, Environment and Biodiversity :

The sustainable use of natural resources is key to poverty reduction. Factors such as improper resource use, large-scale deforestation, and climate change are increasingly threatening our basis of life. Climate change is a destructive force that is leading to a hungrier and more vulnerable world. It destabilizes economies, fuels conflict, cripples productivity and weakens social structures. At Aid Gate, we work with the people and communities who are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and those at the forefront of climate innovation, to find a sustainable way forward together. The most vulnerable people in Iraq and the world are disproportionately exposed to extreme weather events, are more dependent on natural resources, and are less able to deal with and adapt to negative environmental impacts. When farmers suffer drought, communities face devastating floods year after year, or entrepreneurs do not have sustainable electricity to power their businesses, more complex crises arise.Addressing the core challenges of climate change, water security, natural resource management, and access to energy is critical to supporting people in fragile settings to adapt their lives to new risks, as societies and economies change over time. That’s why we focus on climate solutions that deliver practical and meaningful change at the local level, and then mobilize our global team to identify opportunities for expansion and iteration worldwide. Agriculture and Food Security:

Hunger is most prevalent in remote regions of the world where people typically draw their food and livelihoods from the natural environment. High demand on the world market for food and agricultural raw products threatens the food and nutrition security of rural families, many of whom can no longer afford healthy meals. Long rains or droughts, provoked by climate change, exacerbate these challenges. Many of the communities AGO works with are situated in ecologically and climatically vulnerable regions. For these people, diets, food systems and the use of natural resources are inextricably linked. AGO adapting a holistic and multi-sectoral approach seeks to empower rural families to achieve sustainable food and nutrition through training in agriculture, resource management, water, and alternative income and nutrition. Encompassed in this is our focus on site-specific agriculture, which supports smallholder farmers in cultivating higher-yield, more nutritious crops to fight hunger and poverty while saving natural resources. AGO programmes are also designed to sustainably strengthen resilience to climate change effects by sharing knowledge on climate-adapted cultivation and harvesting methods with climate-resistance crops. AGO empowers communities to help themselves on a long-term basis, by using Market-Based Approaches that enable people to continue to earn a living from their agricultural products. AGO’s core Agriculture and Climate Action interventions:

* Advocacy for environmental rights .

* Waste management .

* Capacity building for community and government toward sustainable climate.

* Youth and community-led environmental rights initiatives .

* Capacity building for farmers on new Agriculture techniques and technologies .

* Supporting farmers with business management and agribusiness .

* Capacity building for the directorate of Agriculture (DoA) and extension departments.

* Introducing solar and new agriculture tools for the irrigation system.

* Water management and best practices through field schools .

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protection

From passive victim to active survivor:

AGO implements human rights protection programs aimed at vulnerable groups: children, adolescents, women, the elderly, people with disabilities, and displaced persons. We provide protection services and ensure a multi-sector response that always places the individual at the center of our interventions. In particular, we ensure protection to the survivors of gender-based violence and vulnerable children; we support access to food assistance and livelihood opportunities for groups suffering discrimination, as well as mitigating their exposure to new threats. In response to the increase in socio-political and environmental crises, we provide protection to vast numbers of displaced persons and returnees in the areas in which we operate, providing safe Protection services and guaranteeing access to safe food and water.In order to re-establish community mechanisms for preventing and eliminating wrongdoings, we support the mobilization and involvement of the community for the benefit of the most vulnerable groups. We also promote the empowerment of groups suffering discrimination, providing political, economic and social instruments enabling them to improve their life conditions and be recognized as citizens with equal rights. AGO core protection intervention:

* Gender-based violence (GBV)

* Child protection (CP)

* Mental health psychosocial support(MHPSS)

* Legal protection and Assistance.

AGO protection programs toward the durable solutions and development: AGO’s Strategic objective is to work with the governmental department including the Ministry of labor and social affairs(MOLSA) and its directorate at the governorate level to enhance their capacity and advocate for people’s rights by engaging them in social protection programs and governmental assistance. We Protection focused activities on :

* Capacity building for MoSLA staff.

* Advocacy toward rights.

* AGO Guided principles by:

* Core humanitarian principles

* Child protection minimum standards

* Universal Declaration of Human Rights

* Child rights convention (CRC)

Protection Principles

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Good Governance

With AGO the term good governance is often assured the corruption and mismanagement are minimized, the views of communities (especially youth) are taken into account, the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making and women´s rights are equally guaranteed. AGO on the Good Governance programming has four main priorities, which are

Priority One: Develop the capacities of local authorities, CSOs, and communities working in partnership to formulate and implement local development plans and solve local issues, AGO focus on:

* Capacity development of local authorities focused on the effectiveness of their practices (public administration, participatory budget allocation, participatory action planning, community needs identification).

* Capacity building of CSOs focused on the ability to play an active role in the decision-making (ability to bring its expertise and seek solutions).

* Awareness rising and education activities focused on increasing understanding of the role of active citizenship.

* Support partnerships between the authorities and communities through community-based bodies established for community development (such as Advisory Committees or Community Councils).

* Facilitation in the formulation of local development plans through public hearings and consultations and regular meetings of community-based bodies.

* Financial and technical support for the implementation of local development projects including development plans.

Priority two: Increasing transparency of local decision-making through the support of concrete accountability Mechanisms AGO focus on.

Capacity development of local authorities focused on accountability and transparency of their practices (complaint mechanism, public audits, monitoring and evaluations, financial accountability, information dissemination).

Facilitation and long-term support of local authorities in the introduction and institutionalization of new accountability mechanisms.

Capacity development of CSOs focused on monitoring and evaluation of local decisions.

Awareness-raising activities focused on increasing understanding of the transparent decision-making processes.

* Priority three: Increasing the capacities of CSOs and governments to cooperate and act together within policymaking processes and policy implementation.

* Support assessments of key issues for policy and legal frameworks (new policy or amendment), and power/stakeholder analysis.

* Support multi-stakeholder dialog

* Support joint advocacy efforts on the national level focused on strengthening the process of decentralization in order to allow local stakeholders to make decisions on a local level

* Capacity development to use the expertise and results-based evidence for policy making.

* Capacity development on monitoring and evaluation of policy implementation

* Priority four: Strengthening CSOs to perform their roles as independent actors and advocate the needs of their communities, including marginalized and vulnerable groups.

* Tailor-made capacity development programs in different areas based on capacity assessment (organizational, advocacy, technical).

* Facilitation of preparation and implementation of advocacy plans.

* Grant competition for civil society groups (such as support of pilot projects focused on innovative approaches for effective advocacy).

* Support dissemination and advocacy of well-proven approaches (influence of policy-making or policy implementation).

* Exchange visits and experience sharing between countries and partners.

* Support of networks and alliances for joint advocacy on the national level .

Across all AGO´s Good Governance activities special attention will be paid to gender equality and the integration of vulnerable groups into the decisionmaking process. To achieve this, a specific emphasis will be put on:

* Formative research of key barriers for women’s and vulnerable group’s leadership and participation in the local agenda.

* Capacity and skills development of women leaders, women´s groups, and movements (in leadership, advocacy, management, and gender equality).

* Capacity development and support of CSOs advocating the needs of vulnerable groups and Support experience sharing between CSOs.

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