To promote peace and empower young people in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. EPIC is dedicated to helping people build a more peaceful, sustainable, democratic society in Iraq. We seek to accomplish this by advocating policies that further Iraq’s prospects for peace and democracy, and through youth programs and partnerships in Iraq that engage young people in creating a brighter future.
According to the CIA World Factbook, more than 56% of Iraq’s population is under the age of 25. In war-torn cities like Baghdad, Mosul, and Kirkuk, nearly every resident has experienced traumatic life events such as the violent death of a loved one. A large number of young Iraqis have no immediate prospects and are disenfranchised from the country’s political, economic, and social development. The World Bank states that only 4 in 10 continue their education beyond primary school, and of those who enter the workforce, half are unemployed. Iraq’s stability depends on reversing these trends and creating opportunities for the country’s youth to become a force for positive change. In short, preparing them for the future is the most effective way to support Iraq’s peace and development.
Who We Are:
EPIC is an independent, impartial 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by concerned Americans in 1998. Based in Washington DC, we work to advance peace and democracy in Iraq through public advocacy, field work, and genuine partnerships with Iraqi civil society and the country’s youth. EPIC is funded by the contributions of private foundations and individuals like you who share our commitment to building a brighter future for all Iraqis.
What We Do:
As part of a diverse community of stakeholders who are invested in seeing a brighter future for all Iraqis, EPIC creates and promotes opportunities for young Iraqis to contribute to their country’s peace and development. We do this in three ways:
(1) Fund, structure, and execute on-the-ground programs that empower Iraqi youth from diverse backgrounds to make a positive difference together;
(2) Advocate for U.S. and international diplomacy and assistance for securing peace and building democratic institutions and processes, including efforts to increase government accountability, strengthen civil society, and improve educational opportunities for current and future generations of Iraqis;
(3) Facilitate research and information-sharing on developments inside Iraq and on lessons learned and best practices in the fields of peacebuilding, education, and youth development.
EPIC is building a community of young people who have been impacted by these programs. Maintaining this network will help EPIC better understand the needs and aspirations of Iraq’s youth by supporting the development of programs that best serve them. We will also gain valuable knowledge and experience about how to advance innovative ideas in the field of education. With this knowledge, we will be able to empower not only Iraqi youth, but the teachers who work to educate and empower these young people everyday.
EPIC welcomes your feedback and ideas on how we can more effectively advance our mission of peace in Iraq.