About UNDP in Iraq
Iraq was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has worked to support the Government and people of Iraq in their transition towards reconciliation, peace and stability since 1976 in the areas of democratic governance; poverty reduction; crisis prevention and recovery, and energy and environment.
Since 2003, UNDP has also been supporting emergency physical rehabilitation projects and has been enhancing the quality of basic service delivery, including health, water and electricity.
What do we want to accomplish?
UNDP’s work in Iraq is closely linked with the priorities of the Government, the United Nations Country Team in Iraq, and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.
UNDP Iraq signed its first Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2011-2014 with the Government in March 2011. The CPAP is fully aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2011-2014) – a joint document of United Nations agencies in Iraq and the Government of Iraq’s National Development Plan (2010-2014).
UNDP's priorities for this period are:
- Fostering Inclusive Participation and Reconciliation
- Strengthening Accountable and Responsive Governing Institutions
- Grounding Democratic Governance in International Principles
- Promoting Inclusive Growth, Recovery and Achieving the MDGs
- Restoring the Foundations for Development
What are our results?
UNDP has contributed to strengthening the democratic process in Iraq through its support to the 2013 provincial elections. Electoral regulations and procedures were developed in preparation for the 2013 Governorate Council Elections. UNDP provided capacity building support to the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in the run-up to the Governorate Council elections, which took place on 20 April and 20 June 2013, respectively. Major areas of technical support included updated voter registration, data management, public outreach aimed at enhancing the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities, electoral dispute resolution mechanisms and procurement of ballot papers and other election materials.
Helping Iraq achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is among UNDP's top priorities, as this will ensure better lives for all Iraqis. UNDP is committed to accelerating human development and assisting Iraq to achieve these goals by 2015, especially in the areas of enrolment in primary education, unemployment, and access to safe and reliable water and sanitation services. UNDP has initiated comprehensive and inclusive consultations with its counterparts for Iraq to contribute in the conversation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
- Men and women in Iraq now have equal opportunities to access tuberculosis treatment; by the end of September 2012, a total of 7,142 cases had been detected and treated, including 3,703 women and 3,439 men.
- Iraqi ministries were able to implement $4.1 billion worth of infrastructure and economic projects in sectors like electricity, water and sanitation, oil, irrigation, transportation and industry.
- UNDP handed over Iraq’s first specialized tuberculosis (TB) hospital to the Government of Iraq in Sulaymaniyah.
- Fallujah's General Hospital was rehabilitated into a new Maternity and Children's facility with 358 technical staff, including 29 doctors, 40 percent of whom are women.
- In partnership with 54 NGOs, UNDP delivered US$20 million of projects in response to humanitarian needs, including initiatives in education, food, water and sanitation, shelter, agriculture and health.
- Iraq was able to launch its first reconstruction and short-term employment programme, creating five million temporary jobs nationwide.
- The Mussaib Thermal Power Station was rehabilitated, boosting its capacity by 200 megawatts per second, providing a stable supply of much-needed energy to the national grid.
- A water treatment plant in the Al Askari Shrine in Samarra City was fully rehabilitated, providing clean potable drinking water to 100,000 residents;
- The Government developed primary and secondary school curricula promoting concepts of accountability and transparency.
- UNDP organized a national anti-corruption campaign that included educational workshops for more than 34,000 Government and Iraqi NGO participants, 9,500 of them women.
- A UNDP small grants programme is building the capacity of 34 grassroots non-governmental organizations (NGOs), providing a model for the Iraqi Government, which has plans to implement its own grant system in the near future.
- Iraqi Kurdistan now has three legal help desks that, in 2012, provided free legal advice to over 7,300 people, full court representation to 310 of those people and conducted more than 150 public outreach sessions providing information on legal rights, one-on-one counselling on specific issues and in some cases full representation.
- The Government passed Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s anti-domestic violence bill.
- Iraq established the independent High Commission for Human Rights.
- The Ministry of Interior launched a national database to track incidents of domestic and gender-based violence.
Who are the decision makers?
Lise Grande of the United States assumes the role of Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and UNDP Resident Representative since 17 January 2014.
Adam Abdelmoula of the United States is Country Director for UNDP Iraq.
Sultan Hajiyev of Azerbaijan is Deputy Country Director for the Programme and Operations.
Current Staff Count for Iraq
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Below is a list of UNDP Iraq consultants in the most recent concluded calendar year (2014).