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DOVY is a unique NGO and has its novility regarding connecting the dots between the communities throught Iraq and the KRG region.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Since both Syrian conflict and ISIS breached Iraqi areas, all of refugees and IDPs settled in KRG cities. Due to insufficient international assistance to meet needs, limited livelihood opportunities and assistance being channeled to camps in KRG, many non-camp IDPs, refugees and members from the host communities are resorting to negative coping mechanisms including violence. Immediate assistance is required to increase support to a community struggling to meet basic needs, prevent and respond to violence, and avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms which put the most vulnerable at further risk. Due to the aforementioned concerns, DOVY as an active NGO has suggested to provide vocational training and to build bridges between them through camping activities.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

As DOVY NGO located in Iraq, KRG – DUHOK city, DOVY NOG is then target people (Iraqi citizens and non-citizens), who live in it without any discrimination. The proposed project by DOV is targeting Rfugees from Syria and IDPs from Iraqi cities and especially Yezidi from Shingal as well as Christian from Ninewa to Alqush and Duhok governorate.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Through DOVY suggested project (vocational training and camping sector) it builds community cohesion and coexistence between HC, Refugees, and IDPs. All sectors (HC, Refugees, and IDPs) will stay and communicate together for a while and will excahnge the experience that lead to a better understanding and accepting of each other. % and # of HC, Refugees, and IDPs who do not know each other and just met through DOVY’ project will build their businesses as a long term project.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

As the condition of Iraqi is continue to deteriorate, the ongoing violent conflict continues to drive people from their homes. A huge number of IDPs and refugees are in Duhok province in which increased the tension between ethnic groups and experiencing pressure due to poverty, unemployment, increased competition for scarce resources and heightened the sense of tension within the community. Therefore, local NGO such as DOVY is aware of their critical role in building social cohesion and mitigating tension. This can be reached by providing the proposed project by DOVY for all of the HC, Refugees, and IDPs to live together under the umbrella of peace as they will share economic opportunities and share, and exchange the experiences that lead to a better understanding. While the local NGOs are willing to reduce the tension, they lack financial and technical resources in order to create last impact.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Not having enough or even any support from the local government decreased the role of local NGOs, which reduced their level in mitigating the conflict within the areas. However, DOVY and its volunteers have always work to minimize the gaps between communities with diverse backgrounds. Through # of participants in the vocational training and then %camping trips (HC, Refugees, and IDPs include all of Muslims, Yezidis, Christians, Arabs, Kurds from camps and non-camps), DOVY believes and from the humble experience that minimizing the tension and increasing the social cohesion and coexistence can be satisfied by such as a suggested idea by DOVY. As a result, first: % change in participants’ behavior toward peace and social cohesion, second: # of participants are actively engaged in volunteers’ database using through Facebook page and other social media to build bridge and transfer the experience to other people, third: potential business-building between different communities.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

As the condition of Iraqi is continue to deteriorate, the ongoing violence conflict continues to drive people from their homes. The needs to back to a normal and healthy life is the basic need incomparable with the necessary international standards. The big gap and unavoidable concern in such situations is the slow death in the communities. The inspiration behind the idea of decreasing and minimizing that gap is to promote understanding and inclusion between the HC, Refugees, and IDPs by taking them out of their healthy environment, which is causing tension, and into a new setting and assisting them to discovery or remember their common bonds.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

250 youths from the diverse background will participate for the vocational training (10 vocational training such sewing, barbare, PC and mobile preparing, etc.. will be identifying based on the field assessment from the community), and it will last for 2 months. 25 beneficiaries will participate in each training. Then, for one week after they gradute from the vocational training they will distribute to 5 groups (2 HC, 2 IDPs, and 1 Refugee-at least 40% are female) to write their own idea based on the previous training. A committee will supperviced to chose the best 10 ideas. The chosen 10 best ideas will then participate in 5-day camping and in total the camping consists of 50 youth (20 people from the host community, 18 - 20 from and out camp IDPs and 10 - 12 from refugees). DOVY targets youth who are living in Duhok, and Ninewa governorates depending on the security situation and the beneficiary selection would be according to the attached plan in the below as a preference.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

DOVY has a strong background on the proposed project and will share you some of the videos and images from the past activities with donors such as IRD (Blumont), UNDP, IOM, and others. The ultimate outcome of the activities is to promote understanding and inclusion between the HC, Refugees, and IDPs by taking them out of their healthy environment, which is causing tension, and into a new setting and assisting them to discovery or remember their common bonds. As a result, first: % change in participants’ behavior toward peace and social cohesion, second: # of participants are actively engaged in volunteers’ database using through Facebook page and other social media to build a bridge and transfer the experience to other people, third: potential business-building between different communities.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

DOVY has an extensive communication network including all of the local authorities, associations, national and international NGOs, as well as private sectors. DOVY, therefore, will use any possible partners to help and succeed in the proposed projects.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Leaving a community of origin

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name

DOVY (Duhok Organization For Volunteer Youth)

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

DOVY has an extensive background in working with IDPs and Refugees since its establishment. DOVY has worked in emergency and post-emergecny situations and for both sectors. However, DOVY focus on the youth, including both genders without discriminations. By now, DOVY has a volunteers database of more than 350 youth from Yezidi, Christians, Muslims, Arabs, Kurds and others. It is worth mentioning that half of the volunteers are females gender.

Website URL:

https://dovy-iraq.org

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

Iraq

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Iraq – Kurdistan Regional Government, Duhok City

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