Country Programs

LWF started working in Iraq in August 2014 in Dohuk Governorate, following the insurgency of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The LWF is registered as a charitable agency with the Kurdistan Regional Government since 2015 and the Federal Government of Iraq since 2018.

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains one of the largest and most volatile in the world. Combat against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has ended and hundreds of displaced people are returning to their homes and communities. Many of these returnees have found homes, schools, and healthcare facilities destroyed or severely damaged. In many areas, the rehabilitation of basic water supply, sanitation, and other services has proven a task that may not be completed for years.

Climate change poses an additional challenge to the already affected population of Iraq. It has resulted in prolonged heat waves, erratic precipitation, increasing temperature, increasing water scarcity, and increasing occurrence of sand and dust storms. Also natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and earthquakes as well as communicable disease outbreaks have posed risks to the communities.

LWF Response

The LWF has intervened in Iraq since 2014, supporting internally displaced people, returnees, host communities and Syrian refugees. It has been implementing projects in the Kurdish region of Iraq, mainly in the Dohuk governorate, and in late 2016/early 2017 LWF Iraq expanded its activities to the neighboring areas of the Nineveh Plains, working through local partners. 

Updated 12 February 2024


    What we do in Iraq

    Partners and donors

    Distribution of winter clothing to refugees in Khanki camp, Dohuk. Photo: Sandra Cox

    Funding partners include:

    • ACT Alliance
    • ACT Church of Sweden
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria (ELCB)
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
    • German National Committee (GNC)
    • Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF)
    • Kerk in Actie
    • The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
    • UN trust fund/ UN Women

    Our local partners:

    • Ankawa Humanitarian Committee
    • Baghdad Women Association
    • Barzani Charity Foundation
    • CAPNI (Christian Aid Program – Nohadra Iraq)
    • Dijla Agricultural Association
    • Hariwan Organization
    • Humanity
    • Judy Organization for Relief and Development
    • Rwanga Foundation 

    Help us make a difference in the lives of people in need in Iraq and other places throughout the world.