Joint Development Associates

Catalyzing Transformational Development

Returnees, IDP's, Vulnerable Iraqis Attain Livelihoods (RIVAL)

RIVAL (Returnees, IDPs and Vulnerable Iraqis Attain Livelihoods) is a two-year livelihoods program funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and implemented by ZOA (Dutch NGO) and JDA. As agriculture plays a key role in the livelihoods of the target beneficiaries, the program focuses on rebuilding the agricultural activities in the targeted villages as a backbone of sustainable re-settlement of beneficiaries. The program will also rehabilitate homes in a Telkaif district community and improve the socio-economic status of vulnerable groups of IDPs, returnees and host community members in Telkaif in Ninawe and Sumel in Dahuk through the provision of emergency livelihood opportunities. JDA’s role in RIVAL consists of 3 objectives with 6 various components. These activities will reach 3500 direct beneficiaries.


Objective 1 

Support the sustainable return for 1,000 IDP families from Telkaif and Al Hamdaniya districts by enabling relevant conditions via improved socio-economic status.  This includes providing Cash for Work programs.

Objective 2 

To provide IDPs, returnees, workers and small farmers in target villages with access to emergency livelihood opportunities in the agricultural sector.  

Objective 3

To provide 610 women and small-livestock herders  with livestock assets recovery and additional skills and knowledge in fodder utilization and improvement. 


Project Status-RIVAL Year 1


Objective 1 

Cash for work programs have been initiated.   Those  who benefit from community facilitated rehabilitation temporary job opportunities are able to cover their basic needs. 

  • 790 job opportunities were provided through cash for work activities throughout 14 villages.

  • Provided 250 vulnerable households with income generating opportunities via livestock grants. 

Objective 2

  • 281 beneficiaries helped clean fields from summer crops and prepared fields and green houses for  agricultural activity.  

  • 5 greenhouses were built.    

  • 215 farmers from Sumel and Tel-Kaif districts provided with agriculture kits.  Kits included high productivity wheat seeds and different types of fertilizers to increase the speed and productivity of the crops.

  • 340 farmers, including greenhouse owners, received technical training and tools on greenhouse farming.  The curriculum included crop selection and preventive pest management.  


Objective 3

  • Provided livestock grants for 256 women and 4 men in Sumel and Tel-Kaif districts.  JDA facilitated the purchase of two sheep and two lambs per beneficiary through a livestock fair.  

  • Fodder management training was provided to 150 beneficiaries in Sumel District.  Beneficiaries learned a simple technique for improving the quality of straw for fodder by adding urea.  

RIVAL Year 2

The second year of the RIVAL program follows similar objectives as year one.  We will continue providing access to emergency livelihood opportunities through cash for work (CfW), agricultural training, greenhouse construction and rehabilitation, livestock grants, small business grants, and rehabilitation and income generation.

RIVAL Project Interactive Map