Foras Project

The Iraq Opportunities Project, (known as Foras, which means “opportunity” in Arabic), seeks to alleviate unemployment and boost the country’s fledgling private sector by connecting Iraqi businesses with qualified workers.

The Iraq Opportunities Project

Unemployment, underemployment, and the absence of middle class economic opportunity combine to threaten Iraqi security and stability. In a country with a very high population of young and educated but unemployed people and extremely limited representation of women in the labor force, marginalized populations—especially those who are internally displaced—face enormous challenges in achieving economic security. To address these concerns, USAID/Iraq and FHI 360 have worked together to design Foras, a forward-looking, demand-driven program that offers a comprehensive approach to address the unemployment problem in Iraq, especially for these priority populations. The project endeavors to serve the needs of both Iraqi employers and job seekers by strengthening intermediary actors, such as job placement and training agencies, and giving job seekers an easily-accessible venue to search for open positions. At the same time, Foras will help broaden the future of Iraq’s private sector by supporting entrepreneurs, both emerging and established, with business training and strategic advice.

To better connect with Job seekers and employers, Foras partnered with to create a web-based employment portal. The online portal, which features content tailored to the Iraqi market, offers job seekers, recruitment agencies, and private sector companies the ability to more efficiently meet their employment needs. The portal also provides free access to training courses ranging from tips to interviewing and writing CVs to fully certified specialty continuing education courses. Since the portal's launch in 2013, more than 8,900 of the 39,000+ registered jobseekers have found employment with Iraqi and international companies.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • FHI 360

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.

  • Microsoft Corporation

    Service Providers, Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Microsoft provides support to communities in three ways: technology skills training, strengthening nongovernmental organizations through technology, and engaging our employees in their...

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Key Information

LocationIraq, North Africa and Middle East
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 3.3 Million