QANDIL is a Swedish nongovernmental, not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization that was founded in 1991 in Stockholm. Its initial aim was to improve human rights for the Kurdish population in the Middle East.
Initially focusing on disseminating information and raising awareness in Sweden, QANDIL’s operations gradually shifted to providing humanitarian aid in northern parts of Iraq as well. One of the well-known projects conducted by QANDIL was the construction of, and support to, a hospital in Halabja, after the chemical gas attack by Saddam Hussein’s regime in 1988.
The humanitarian aid carried out by QANDIL was initially funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for many years, including projects in refugee camps and poor villages in the northern provinces. However, various UN agencies have recently become QANDIL’s most important funders, especially the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR).
Besides administering the distribution of supplies to refugees, QANDIL has built water supply infrastructure as well as worked on sewage and health issues. In recent years, QANDIL’s operations have also included projects with a focus on development in both rural and urban areas.
QANDIL is headquartered in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, where the nine-member Board of Directors resides, meets, and plans. The Head Office has two employees, the organization’s Secretary-General and Controller.
QANDIL’s operations in Iraq are led by a team of professional staff in the Country Management Office (CMO) based Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. QANDIL currently employs more than 130 staff working in the Kurdistan Region, of whom 90 are stationed at several project sites and refugee camps throughout the Kurdistan Region where QANDIL is active on the ground.
For more information about some of the activities carried out by QANDIL, please download the brochure provided through the link below.