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Mapping of Sectoral CVA Interventions – Iraq

May 2023 — By Annette Savoca

After the de-activation of the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG) led by UN OCHA in 2022, in January 2023 the Cash Working Group (CWG) transitioned into the Iraq Cash Forum (ICF), a technical advisory and coordination platform for cash partners in Iraq. The ICF sits under the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and has a broader mandate compared to its predecessor encompassing cash activities within the humanitarian-peace-development nexus.

The ICF focuses on three main pillars:

  1. Sectoral CVA: in particular through engagement with the Durable Solutions (DS) framework and the transitioned Sectoral Working Groups.
  2. CVA for Climate Change: for climate adaptation and climate-related migration responses as well as anticipatory action.
  3. Linkages with Social Protection: in particular with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) for Social Safety Nets (SSN) expansion, support to Shock-responsive Social Protection and alignment to existing schemes.

Before 2023, sectoral CVA activities were coordinated by different clusters with the technical support of the CWG, while the CWG mainly focused on the coordination of Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) initiatives. Starting from 2023, the ICF will engage with any CVA activities in the country and, for this purpose, a mapping of all CVA activities currently being implemented or planned in 2023 has been conducted.