Examining the ties that bind us and the forces that pull us apart.
In February 2019, we released two new reports in coordination with IOM in Iraq: the first provides an overview of conditions in conflict-affected areas of return based on second round data from the Return Index, and the second is a thematic report exploring the social and physical dimensions of housing in these return areas. Both reports are part of our research partnership with IOM, initiated in June 2018, examining durable solutions in Iraq. They are available on our page for the Return Index as well as on the IOM DTM portal.
Participation of our co-director, Nadia Siddiqui, in today’s IOM workshop on transitional justice and conflict-related sexual violence, organized in Erbil. Social Inquiry presented a background on the links between social cohesion and transitional justice, especially important in a context where zero-sum dynamics prevail between communities.
Our co-director Aaso Ameen participated today in the panel organized by Sanad for Peacebuilding, the Alliance of Iraqi Minorities, and USIP on "Advancing the role of minorities in the stabilization of Ninewa." This was a chance to share some findings with local authorities on recent fieldwork in these largely minority-inhabited areas as part of our program on Reconciliation and Transitional Justice.
Happy New Year 2019 from the Social Inquiry team! Our current research in Iraq will unfold over the next four months, looking at the process of population returns, the process of local integration, and the ongoing local stabilization and peacebuilding efforts. Crucial year ahead for the country, lots of focus on how to resolve remaining displacement, and lots to be expectant about in the post-ISIS governance of Iraq!
Fieldwork completed! The quantitative household survey on residents in Sulaimaniya and Baghdad will provide new insights about how internally displaced people integrate in displacement and how the host community perceives them. We look at drivers of integration in this new project in collaboration with IOM as part of our program on Social Cohesion and Fragility.
More data to feed our analysis desk. This week we have completed the qualitative fieldwork in Mosul for the joint project on “non-traditional sources of aid financing” with the Humanitarian Policy Group & Overseas Development Institute. This will add into the quantitative dataset collected earlier for a full picture.
Out now! Social Inquiry’s new report, in collaboration with IOM and the Returns Working Group, on “Reasons to Remain: Categorizing Protracted Displacement in Iraq.” The report provides five stylized categories for continued displacement: obstacles around housing; livelihoods and basic services; social cohesion; security; and mental health. The report is available on our publications page.