FFER KRG sigining
A new Funding Facility for Economic Reform is being established to accelerate reforms in the Kurdistan Region

Erbil – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement today in Erbil with the Ministry of Planning of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to establish a new Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER). FFER will be used to mobilize high-caliber international expertise to support priority...

Korea signing
Third contribution from the Republic of Korea for stabilization in Iraq

Baghdad– The Government of the Republic of Korea has contributed US$3 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local...

New Zealand signing
New Zealand contributes to stabilization in Iraq on the eve of the Mosul operation

Baghdad – The Government of New Zealand has contributed US$1 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local...

Rami al-Tamimi
Young Iraqi painter Rami al-Tamimi: “I draw energy from my disability”

Basra, 1 September 2016- Disabled at birth and born to an art loving family in Basra Southern Iraq, Rami al-Tamimi, now 23, has grown into a fine artist. A spinal birth defect has affected his ability to walk. Yet, to Rami, the ancient city of Basra located on the Shatt al-Arab waterway, being part of the historic...

Policing Working Group
Civilian Policing Working Group meets with the participation of Iraq’s Ministry of Interior

Baghdad-  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting the Government of Iraq (GoI) in its efforts on Security Sector Reform (SSR) through a well-established partnership with the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA). On 29 August, UNDP and ONSA co-chaired the first meeting between the...

MoU Signing
UNDP is proud to support the fight against corruption

Baghdad – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Iraq signed an agreement today in Baghdad to help strengthen the capacity of the Government to detect, investigate and prosecute high-profile and complex corruption cases. The Prime Minister’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Naoufel...

Assessment mission in Ramadi
Norway’s contributions to stabilization efforts in Iraq reach $10.7 million

Baghdad – The Kingdom of Norway has contributed an additional US$3 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). With this contribution, Norway has channelled $10.7 million to UNDP's FFIS...

Lise and Suli Governor Signing
UNDP is helping to ensure safe water for over one million people in the Governorate of Sulaimaniyah

Sulaimaniyah- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Sulaimaniyah signed an agreement to rehabilitate the main water network for Sulaimaniyah City which provides safe drinking water for more than one million people.    “The Governorate and people of Sulaimaniyah have generously...

Human Rights workshop Tunis
Human Rights Committee develops own strategy supported by UNDP and Iraq’s parliament

Tunis – Developing a strategy, action plan, and Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) for the Human Rights Committee of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR) was the outcome of a 5-day workshop jointly organized, in Tunis on 24 to 28 July, by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the CoR....

Budgeting Workshop Tunis
Parliamentarians capacitated on management of economic and financial crises and budgeting oversight

Tunis- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training workshop on the mechanisms of parliamentary discussions of the National Budget, on 24 to 27 July in Tunis. The training targeted 23 members of the Financial Committee, Financial Office and relevant committees on Budget and Financial...

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Hundreds of families to benefit from UNDP’s new partnership with Toyota Iraq

Erbil – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Toyota Iraq signed a flagship agreement today in Erbil to train and place hundreds of displaced people in jobs.  This new partnership brings together one of the world’s leading car companies, Toyota, and UNDP, which is actively working to improve...

Pledging Conference in Washington
Twenty-six international donors pledge $2.1 billion to address Iraq crisis

Statement by the Co-Hosts Canada, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, The Netherlands, and the United States at the July 20 Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2016 Over $2 billion in new money has been pledged for the people of Iraq in response to Da’esh’s...

Water plant in Tikrit
Tikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISIL

Tikrit, 20 July 2016 - Tikrit was the first city where the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) was field-tested. Abandoned by its residents, the city was liberated in April 2015 after heavy fighting. For months, families delayed returning, fearful of retaliation, discouraged by the lack of services and...

RBM Workshop Amman
Twenty-five deputy ministers sensitized on Results-Based Management and Budgeting

Amman- In support of the Government’s important reform agenda, the United Nations Development Programme brought together 25 deputy ministers to participate in a high-level workshop in mid-June in Amman to discuss result-based management and budgeting. The workshop was held under the patronage of the General...

Clean Kurdistan campaign
EU funded cleaning campaign collects more than 2,500 tonnes of garbage from Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Erbil– More than 2,500 tonnes of garbage were collected yesterday from the Governorates of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq- Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, Duhok and Halabja- as a result of the Let us Clean Kurdistan in One-Day campaign funded by the European Union. With the objective of raising awareness on conservation of...

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UNDP partners with a Canadian non-profit institution to advance Iraq’s crises management ability

  Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Canadian non-profit Institute on Governance (IoG) signed a partnership agreement in Baghdad that aims at advancing Iraq’s crises management ability. Accordingly, UNDP will support IoG to implement Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Resilience...

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Italy provides additional funding to stabilization activities in liberated areas

  Baghdad – The Italian Republic is contributing an additional US$4.91 million (€4.5 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This follows a contribution of $2.72 million (€2.5 million) in...

Training in Amman
Support to improve government services continues through training to re-engineer work systems and delivery

Amman - As part of its support to the Government of Iraq to facilitate effective and efficient access to quality and responsive government services for citizens, UNDP Iraq's Public Sector Modernization (I-PSM) Programme conducted a 5-day workshop on Simplification of Work Systems, Procedures and Service Delivery...

School opening Basra
UNDP-Shell partnership rehabilitates primary school in Basra to improve educational outcomes

Basra, 31 May 2016 – The long conflict in Iraq has gravely affected the education sector, imposing numerous challenges on accessibility, delivery, sustainability and quality of this vital public service. Over time, specifically the poor quality of facilities available to students can be a demotivating factor that limits...

Clean Kurdistan Flyer
Join "Let us Clean Kurdistan in One Day" campaign on 15 June

  Let us Clean Kurdistan in One Day campaign is organized by Ministry of Municipality and Tourism of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Kurdistan Region Governorates, and EU Local Area Development Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the European Union (EU)....

Launch of Duhok Development Strategy
Duhok launches its 2-year Provincial Development Strategy supported by the EU and UNDP

Duhok– The Governorate of Duhok launched its Provincial Development Strategy 2016-2018 in a ceremony organized in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), and NOREL non-governmental organization. Conceptualized with the support of UNDP’s EU funded Local Area...

JCC conference Erbil
JCC agrees on action priorities for effective crises management and emergency response in Kurdistan

Erbil- The Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened a two-day conference on 17 and18 May in Erbil, bringing together more than 60 representatives of government institutions and offices. Initiated by the JCC and endorsed by the Council of Ministers, the conference...

Qadisiya water plant
Finland contributes funding to accelerate stabilization in newly liberated areas

Baghdad – The Republic of Finland is providing US$1,13 million (€1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in areas newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  The Finnish contribution will be allocated to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate...

Innovation for Development training Erbil
More volunteers trained to support EU/UNDP’s Innovation for Development Initiative

Erbil- Under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP) funded by the European Union (EU), a volunteers’ training and introduction workshop on Innovation for Development has been organized over the period of 11 to 13 May in Erbil. The initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...

Inauguration of development centre Erbil
Community Development Centre and Park inaugurated in Kurani Ainkawa, Erbil

Erbil– To mark the closure of a comprehensive informal settlement upgrading intervention in Erbil, a community development centre and a neighbourhood park were opened today in Kurani Ainkawa. The Improving Housing Delivery System in Erbil - Upgrading of Kurani Ainkawa Informal Settlement project is funded by the...

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Germany contributes an additional $3.9 million to help stabilize newly liberated areas in Iraq

  Baghdad – Germany has contributed an additional US$3.9 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This contribution brings Germany’s total financing of the Facility to $16 million....

Women Minorities Workshop Amman
Women Minorities Forum established to promote rights, inclusiveness and participation in community reconciliation

Amman – The role of women in promoting the protection of minority rights and participation in public policies and community reconciliation in Iraq was the theme of a three-day workshop organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over the period of 28-30 April in Amman, Jordan. Funded by the...

Ministerial meeting in Erbil
Ministerial meeting assesses reforms in building systems for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Erbil – The progress achieved under the project Establishing a Building Control Regime for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), was discussed in a ministerial meeting today in...

CSOs workshop Baghdad
Workshop in Baghdad to empower additional civil society representatives to influence public policies

Baghdad – To promote strategic partnerships between civil society organizations (CSOs) and legislative institutions in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training workshop on 26 April in Baghdad targeting 18 representatives of local CSOs. This training came under UNDP’s Strengthening...

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Erbil marks the launch of its Provincial Development Strategy 2016-2018 with a breathtaking audiovisual performance at the historic Citadel

Erbil – At an official ceremony at Erbil's historic Citadel, the Governorate of Erbil launched its Provincial Development Strategy. The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, and attended by members of the Council of Ministers, diplomatic corps...

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The United Arab Emirates provides a generous contribution to help stabilize Iraq’s liberated areas

Abu Dhabi – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is contributing US$10 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help accelerate the stabilization of areas newly liberated from Daesh.  The UAE contribution will be allocated to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), and will be used to...

EU Ambassador at LADP meeting
EU reassures commitment to help the people of Iraq “regain hope in their institutions”

Amman - The National Advisory Committee (NAC) of UNDP’s Local Area Development Programme (LADP) met in Amman today, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Planning from the Federal Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Director General for Regional Development, and the European Union (EU)...

Netherlands Signing Ceremony Baghdad
The Netherlands provides generous funding to accelerate stabilization and returns in newly liberated areas

Baghdad – The Kingdom of the Netherlands is giving US$5.69 million (€5 million) to the United Nations Development Programme to support stabilization in areas newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  The Dutch contribution will be allocated in two installments to UNDP’s Funding Facility for...

Japan signing ceremony
UNDP and Japan partner to support stabilization and resilience in Iraq

Baghdad – The Government of Japan is providing US$23.5 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its work to help stabilize and build resilience in Iraq. Japan’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) and through UNDP’s Iraq Crisis...

Lise Ramadi visit
High level UN mission to Ramadi to launch stabilization activities

Ramadi – The Governor of Anbar, Mr. Sohaib al-Rawi, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, visited Ramadi today to assess conditions and provide urgently needed support to families returning to their...

Cafe in Tikrit
After months of displacement, 25 year-old Ayad: UNDP helped restart the life of my family in Tikrit

Tikrit, 3 March 2016 - For 25 year-old Ayad, the café he owns in the city of Tikrit, in Salah al-Din Governorate in Iraq, with his three brothers is the realization of a life-long dream and a valuable source of income and stability for his family. Ayad enjoys providing a venue where patrons can come together, drink...

National Reconciliation roundtable Iraq
Parliament members and civil society come together to promote community reconciliation in Iraq

Baghdad – Iraq’s Council of Representatives convened a roundtable on 27 February in Baghdad that brought together elected officials and civil society leaders and organizations to discuss the best ways to promote community reconciliation throughout the country and most especially in areas impacted by violence...

Ministerial Meeting
UNDP at 50: An investment in UN’s key role in development

New York City - As it marks 50 years at the frontlines of international development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) should be seen as an investment in the UN’s critical role in helping to build a world free of poverty and inequality, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.   “So often, leaders say to...

Destroyed private property in Al Tameem, Ramadi
Booby-traps are a major impediment preventing the safe return of displaced families to Ramadi

Baghdad/Erbil – The United Nations Development Programme, which manages the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), is deeply worried about the safety of displaced families who want to return to Ramadi. “We are saddened by reports that eight people have been killed in the last two weeks while either...

Adam press conference
UNDP and Karbala Governorate sign flagship partnership agreement

Karbala – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Karbala signed the Karbala Agreement, a flagship partnership aiming at strengthening participatory and accountable governance, developing e-governance, and introducing a platform of services provision. To strengthen the capacities...

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UNDP turns 50: Storytelling contest launched in Iraq to boost development coverage

Baghdad– As the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the Country Office in Iraq launched today a storytelling contest, #DevStories, with the objective of raising public awareness on development challenges the country is facing and the tangible impact of UNDP’s...

Adam and al-Allaq addressing workshop
Workshop prioritizes initiatives of the Government Programme to feed into annual work planning

Baghdad - A two-day workshop held on 17 and 18 February in Baghdad has identified criteria for prioritizing initiatives under the six pillars of Iraq’s Government Programme (2014-2018). The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Office organized the event, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). ...

Yazidi women in Dohum
Getting back on track: A small cake factory provides skills training and an economic lifeline for displaced Yazidi women

Dohuk, 12 February 2016 – The Dost Bakery, a small cake factory, was established in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in the autumn of 2015. Dost means “friend” in Kurdish, and the bakery is indeed run by ten friends, all women and most of them displaced members of the Yazidi minority, now living in and around the...

Anti corruption workshop Istanbul
Dozens of Iraqi officials capacitated as future trainers in the Anti-Corruption Academy

Istanbul - Under the Institutional Development of the Iraqi Anti-Corruption Academy project of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), a second round of capacity building training workshops was concluded on 6 February in Istanbul.  Organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...

SDGs workshop Istanbul
Adapting SDGs to the Iraqi context introduced to development and planning officials

Istanbul – As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has come into effect on 1 January 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a capacity building workshop for 28 Iraqi officials, titled Good Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In collaboration with the United...

Water plant opening Basra
Resilience success in Basra: Thousands of IDPs and host community members to benefit from new water plant

Basra, 2 February 2016 – “My family and I have been living in this area for a long time. It has been so difficult and expensive to obtain clean water for drinking or other purposes,” said Mr. Hussein Salim, a worker who lives in the neighborhood of the 5-Miles Camp for Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in Basra....

Mayor of Tikrit
Mayor of Tikrit: With the help of UNDP, people have reestablished essential services for our community

Tikrit, 1 February 2016 - The Mayor of Tikrit, Omar Tariq Ismail, says he is proud of the progress his city has made in the past seven months following liberation from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “With the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the people of...

Capacity building workshop
Capacity building initiative launched to enhance institutional readiness for development

Istanbul – Within the framework of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support to Iraq’s Government Programme (2014-2018), a capacity development initiative was launched on 31 January to enhance the institutional readiness and build national capacity in planning, monitoring and evaluation for...

Helen Clark addressing Executive Board
UNDP’s governing body convenes at start of crucial first year for 2030 Development Agenda

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Executive Board, the Organization’s governing body, was in New York City today for its first meeting of 2016, at the start of the year which marks the formal launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, fighting...

Cleaning work in Tikrit
Norway contributes additional funding to help stabilize newly liberated areas in Iraq

The Kingdom of Norway has contributed an additional US$2.8 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This is the second contribution from the Kingdom of Norway in recent months,...

Crisis Management training in Erbil
Government officials trained on humanitarian standards and crisis management in Erbil

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training workshop in Erbil on Humanitarian Principles and Crisis Management for the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center (JCMC), the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) and their respective government networks. Over the period of 17 to 19 January,...

Water Plant in Tikrit
The Czech Republic contributes funding to help stabilize Iraq’s newly liberated areas

The Czech Republic has contributed US$200,000 to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which channels fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation. UNDP Resident Representative and UN...

Women Leaders Forum in Basra
Women Leaders Forums launched in Basra and Missan

Two Women Leaders Forums (WLF) were launched in the cities of Basra and Missan on 10 and 11 January, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and local authorities. Nearly 90 participants were present at each of the launches, including members of Parliament and Provincial Councils,...

school rehabilitation Tirkrit
Denmark contributes $3.3 million to support participatory and accountable governance, security sector reform and stabilization

The Kingdom of Denmark has signed a US$3.3 million contribution agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support participatory and accountable governance, security sector reform and stabilization projects in Iraq. Denmark’s generous contribution will be earmarked for three...

Tikrit stabilization work
Italy contributes $2.72 million for stabilization in Iraq

The Italian Republic has contributed US$2.72 million (2.5 million euros) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which channels fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation in Iraq. This...

Kurani centre refugees IDPs Erbil
Kurani Ainkawa Multi-Purpose Centre: Empowering a diverse community of IDPs, refugees and vulnerable population in Erbil

Erbil, 22 December 2015 - “In August 2014, my life turned upside down when we fled from our home in Sinjar and ISIL captured our town,” says Mohammed, 24. Mohammed was a high-school student when he escaped with his family from Sinjar last summer together with thousands of other residents. While many of the local...

Refugees Dohuk
UNDP is accelerating its resilience and stabilization work thanks to a $33 million contribution from Germany

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Development Bank (KfW) signed financing agreements for contributions totaling US$33 million from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas and resilience programmes...

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The Republic of Korea is generously providing more funding to help stabilize newly liberated areas in Iraq

The Republic of Korea is contributing a further US$1 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) to finance fast-track initiatives in areas of Iraq liberated from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Republic of Korea has already contributed to FFIS earlier in...

Tikrit University reopening
After months of forced closure due to ISIL’s occupation Tikrit University celebrates reopening for the 2015-2016 term

In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Tikrit University hosted an event on 16 December to commemorate its reopening for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The school was forced to close when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overtook the campus during their...

UNDP receiving Dohuk award
UNDP awarded in recognition of its leading role in responding to Dohuk’s humanitarian emergency

In recognition of its leading role in responding to the Governorate of Dohuk’s Humanitarian Emergency appeal, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Governor of Dohuk in a ceremony held on 13 December in the city.  UNDP was one of the first UN agencies to...

GBV Basra
Basra concludes 16 Days of Activism against GBV by promoting resilience through education

Organizing activities to promote resilience through education, the city of Basra joined different Iraqi cities in marking the 16 day-global campaign against gender-based violence (GBV). The campaign started on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and concluded on 10...

HDR 2015
Human Development Report: Unlocking work opportunities for youth and women key to human development progress in Arab States

  Human development levels are improving across the Arab States, but having highest youth unemployment rate and lowest female labour force participation worldwide constrains region’s progress, says the 2015 Human Development Report. Each and every Arab country is in a position to gain from investing in inclusive...

Sweden signing
Sweden contributes $4 million to help stabilize newly liberated areas in Iraq

In a ceremony in Baghdad today, Sweden signed a US$4 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas of Iraq. The contribution, provided to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), will help thousands of people as they try to...

Karbala University Seminar
Karbala stands for resilient women to mark international campaign against GBV

As part of its activities to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November-10 December), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a seminar at the University of Karbala on 7 December, in cooperation with the Center of Gender Studies at the university and the Gender...

Training session
UNDP-Shell partnership continues its oil and gas capacity building programmes in Basra

One of the key components of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Shell partnership, since it was launched in March 2012, has been to build the capacity of the oil and gas workforce in Basra, Southern Iraq. Throughout 2015, training has been delivered to almost 100 professionals working in the energy...

SGBV training Erbil
UNDP trains SGBV service providers in the Kurdistan Region

To address the issue of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) amongst the refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting seven Vulnerability Monitoring and Legal Aid Centres in the region. The centres provide...

Innovation forum
Dreams of young entrepreneurs on way to come true supported by UNDP and Zain Iraq

As part of its continuous efforts to empower youth, and in collaboration with Zain Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized the Innovation for Development forum on 28 November in Baghdad. It is the third of a series of activities that aim to help youth in the country start their own...

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16 Days of Activism to eliminate gender-based violence launched

Iraq joined the United Nations and the rest of the world today to mark the start of the world campaign for 16 Days to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence. The campaign continues until 10 December when the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The 16 days against gender-based violence puts the human rights of women...

Water Sector Workshop
Policy workshop for Iraq’s officials to advocate peace and security in water sector

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined the Prime Minister’s Advisory Commission (PMAC) and the National Security Council (NSC), to facilitate a policy workshop on Peace Building in Iraqi Water Sector on 23 November, at Al Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies in Baghdad. Participants included decision...

Bulgaria parliamentary training
UNDP promotes the protection of ethnic minorities rights, national and community reconciliation in Iraq

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) continues its efforts to promote participatory and accountable governance in Iraq. Over the period of 18 to 20 November, a 3-day workshop was organized in Sofia on promoting minorities rights, participation and representation in politics at the national and local...

Stabilization Norway Grant
Stabilization efforts receive a major boost from a generous contribution by Norway

The Kingdom of Norway and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a $1.8 million partnership agreement today to support stabilization in newly liberated areas in Iraq. Norway’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track...

LADP Workshop
Iraq’s governorates identify developmental priorities to be supported by UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a workshop in Baghdad on 17 and 18 November, with the objective of identifying developmental priorities for Iraq’s governorates, and improving coordination between the central, regional and local levels with the support of UNDP’s Local Area Development Programme...

RDF roundtable on Iraq
UNDP's New Resilience Agenda will help to give options to displaced Iraqis and refugees

A new Resilience Agenda has been adopted at the high level Resilience Development Forum on 8 and 9 November in Dead Sea, Jordan attended by delegations from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Syria. The pathbreaking Resilience Agenda presents five key principles for helping people impacted by the crisis in...

CSOs training Erbil
UNDP empowering CSOs to engage in legislative and oversight processes

Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported the enrollment of 25 representatives of the Iraqi NGO Directorate, Parliamentary Civil Society Committee and civil society from various Governorates in Iraq in a Master Training of Trainers, on...

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France’s contribution to UNDP’s FFIS will be channeled to recently liberated areas in Ninewah

  The Republic of France is contributing US$1.088 million (€1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas in Ninewah Governorate in Iraq.  Important towns including Sinuni, Rabia and, very recently, Sinjar have been liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq...

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8-9 November 2015: Resilience Development Forum

Location: the Dead Sea, Jordan Time: 08-09 November 2015 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will bring together key humanitarian and development stakeholders, including UN agencies; international financial institutions; donors; and representatives of international and national non-governmental...

Youth workshop in Erbil
100 youth reached in workshop series on innovation

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) concluded a series of workshops training over 100 Iraqi youth on creativity and innovation in transforming ideas into businesses and social projects. As part of UNDP’s Innovation for Development initiative and in collaboration with Zain Iraq, the workshops were held in...

Parliamentary CSOs Committee training in Beirut
Parliamentary CSOs Committee develops own strategy for the first time supported by UNDP

With the objective of assisting Iraq’s Parliamentary Civil Society Committee to develop a three-year strategic action plan and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), a strategic planning training targeted 8 Committee members and 6 staff in Beirut over the period of 3 to 7 October.  Organized jointly by the United...

Legislative Drafting Workshop
Iraq’s Shura Councils and universities modernize legislative drafting methodologies

Eighteen members of Iraq’s federal and regional Shura Councils and academics from different universities gathered in Amman for a three-week workshop on legislative drafting, with a special focus on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing. Organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...

Climate Change Report Launch
Iraq launches climate change contributions report in preparation for COP21

The Government of the Republic of Iraq, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is finalizing its plan to help control global warming ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), which will be held 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris. Through a consultative process supported by...

Gender
Workshop endorses plan of action and assessment mechanism on gender equality

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) concluded on Wednesday, at Shahid Saad Abdullah Conference Centre in Erbil, a three-day high-level workshop on gender sensitive budgeting. Nearly 70 experts and representatives of multiple sectors from different governorates across Iraq endorsed a plan of action, including...

Training youth on innovation
UNDP supports innovation of Iraqi youth

In collaboration with Zain Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recently initiated the “Innovation for Development” project targeting 170 Iraqi youth (age 18 to 35) seeking to start businesses and encourage development in Iraq. The project commenced with a Training of Trainers and Volunteers...

KRG Volunteers
KRG-funded volunteers trained for their first UN assignments

The Ministry of Planning of the Government of Kurdistan (KRG) offers to national youth, aged 18 to 29, a rare opportunity to contribute to the region's Vision 2020, while enhancing their skills, experience and civic engagement capacities, by spending one year as volunteers in United Nations agencies in the Kurdistan...

Youth Volunteers
Action plan to promote civic engagement and volunteerism in Iraq

Ahead of the International Youth Day, which each year is marked on 12 August, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held in Baghdad a workshop on civic engagement in cooperation with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Zain Iraq, the telecommunication company.  Thirty-five youth representing...

Stabilization Japan
UNDP and Japan join hands to stimulate stabilization and recovery in Iraq

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan yesterday signed a US$ 1 million emergency grant agreement to stimulate stabilization and recovery initiatives in newly liberated areas in Iraq. The grant will be channeled through the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which...

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USAID grants $8.3 million to UNDP for stabilizing Iraq’s newly liberated areas

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Iraq today signed in Baghdad a memorandum of acknowledgement in recognition of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) US$ 8.3 million grant to UNDP. Allocated through...

Dignity at the heart of Dawoodiya camp – UN handover

UN humanitarian partners among which the UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) today handed over to local authorities in Dohuk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the communal infrastructure of Dawoodiya camp for...

Children IDPs in Suley
Barznja camp to soon host 900 IDPs in Sulaymaniyah

The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) today officially handed over the Barznja durable shelter site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to...

3 dislodging trucks
Improved sanitation key to the health of displaced and host communities in Dohuk

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today donated three dislodging tankers to local authorities in Dohuk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to improve WASH services in a governorate, which contends with one of the largest numbers of internally displaced persons in the world. The dislodging tankers will provide sanitation...

First ever crisis coordination and disaster preparedness centre in Kurdistan

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior today inaugurated its Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), mandated by the Council of Ministers in January 2015. Several international donor partners and the United Nations extended support to the KRG to build an institutional response and...

Lise Grande signing the Basra Compact
UNDP signs a flagship partnership to revive Basra’s economy

The authorities of Basra and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a flagship agreement, the Basra Compact, aiming at strengthening participatory and accountable governance and reviving the economic activity in the southern governorate, which is not just oil-rich but needs to invest in its human...

Opening ceremony Basra 5-Miles market  with RR Lise Grande
A thousand displaced persons regain their livelihoods at the 5-Miles camp in Basra

Today’s opening ceremony of new shops managed by internally displaced persons in the popular al-Asri market, 5 miles off the city of Basra, marks a story of success. Following a fire in a community of displaced people in Tannoma District, 300 families (2,000 people) who had lost everything, settled down in a camp in...