Addressing Instability Through Inclusive, Community-Based Development.

Economic Growth and Trade | Business Enabling Environment | Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Middle East and North Africa

Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities Activity

Project Dates: July 2020 - July 2025
The Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities activity mitigates instability by promoting inclusive community development, generating employment opportunities, and promoting business entrepreneurship.

The USAID Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) activity addresses the conflict’s underlying drivers by building Iraq’s local communities’ resilience. Under the Business Competitiveness and Job Creation Initiative (BCJCI) and 100 Solutions for Stability Task Orders, DCEO bolsters community members’ ability to advocate for the changes their communities need and supports private sector networks to increase economic growth for individual livelihoods and regional stability. Under BCJCI, the activity provides aid to eligible Iraqis through the Marla Ruzicka Iraqi War Victims Fund to help them with entrepreneurship and enterprise growth services. DCEO’s Learning Task Order allows the activity to ensure adaptive management is integrated into all DCEO activities.

By promoting inclusive community development, generating employment opportunities, and promoting business entrepreneurship, DCEO is mitigating instability in Iraq.

Project Goals


  • Increase the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities by identifying and mitigating drivers of conflict
  • Enhance community leadership of inclusive development
  • Advance the economic well-being of communities
  • Improve private sector networks and increase micro-, small, and medium enterprises’ development