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)