A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the central board of Iraq and Iran on November 12, 2017. More than 500 were killed and more than 8,000 injured as a result of the earthquake, which was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan.

2017 Kermanshah earthquake by Alireza Vasigh Ansari - Sarpol-e Zahab
2017 Kermanshah earthquake by Alireza Vasigh Ansari – Sarpol-e Zahab

In response to the needs that will arise following the earthquake, the CDP Iran-Iraq Earthquake Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term recovery needs. We expect the long-term needs to include: rebuilding homes, meeting the education and protection needs of young children; providing water, sanitation, and hygiene services; economic development; and supporting mental health needs.

Specific locations and unmet needs will be determined by a grant committee that will be established to guide CDP’s staff and board. The fund will explore investing in all geographic areas affected by this earthquake.

The CDP Iran-Iraq Earthquake Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that will continue to surface throughout the earthquake-affected area long after our attention has turned away from these disasters. Through CDP’s unparalleled expertise in disaster management and grantmaking, we will invest in projects and initiatives that:

  • Support vulnerable populations whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated;
  • Emphasize funding that is medium- and long-term in nature and based upon prevailing needs that emerge in the weeks and months to come;
  • Fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce;
  • Foster collaborative relationships among donors – including the sharing of information with funders and nonprofit organizations; and,
  • Promote cross-sector coordination with government agencies, academics, donors, think tanks, and public/private humanitarian actors.

CDP recognizes the legal and diplomatic challenges that exist in working in the humanitarian sector in Iran. We will comply with all Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and federal giving guidelines that apply to this area of the world while balancing the needs of those who are affected and those who are responding to help.

The programmatic expertise of CDP’s board, staff, and advisory council—paired with an extensive network of disaster management actors and academics – guides our grantmaking strategy. Emphasis is placed on investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may yet to emerge. CDP will provide due diligence so donors can give to the fund with confidence and ensured accountability.