UNDP, through its Iraq Inclusive Growth an Private Sector Development (IGPSD) cluster, entered into a partnership with Shell Iraq in a bid to meet the needs of the Iraqi people, in line with the United Nations Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF) to the Government of Iraq (GoI).
The Private Sector Development Programme for Iraq (PSDP-I) seeks to create and enable an effective framework for private sector development across Iraq. The programme addresses national and local needs, with activities in three priority governorates, Basrah, Anbar and Erbil.
In view of the complex political and security dynamics and underlying challenges in Iraq, UNDP has been investing in upstream conflict prevention and extending engagement to strengthen the rule of law, with a specific emphasis on security and justice. Efforts are underway in support of the Government, civil society, and communities striving to build stronger, accountable and legitimate institutions, and resilient societies. This support is being extended under UNDP’s Rule of Law Programme (RoL).
UNDP supports Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission to become a sustainable government structure able to carry out its constitutional mandate fully, independently, efﬁciently, transparently and accountably, in line with international professional standards.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting Iraq to implement national reform plans. This includes support to institutional reform and good governance through modernizing the Council of Representatives’ (CoR) internal procedures, reinforcing its oversight role, and fostering inclusive participation in legislative processes and public policies. Under Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG), UNDP is also extending support to the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), and Provincial Councils.
In response to the fragmented process of local development in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been supporting Governorates in building capacity for effective planning and implementation of local development strategies through the Local Area Development Programme (LADP). Funded by the European Union (EU), the Programme duration is envisaged for 3 years to target 12 Governorates: Anbar, Basra, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Kirkuk, Missan, Muthana, Ninewah, Qadisiya, Salah al-Din, and Sulaimaniyah.
Iraq faces a large-scale humanitarian crisis. UNDP leads the UN support to employment and income generation through local NGO partners, so that people are able to take care of themselves and become less dependent on handouts.
Given the frequency of drought in Iraq, its area of effect, and impact on people's lives, it is considered a natural disaster requiring immediate attention and mitigation. This project helps develop a national plan to help Iraq manage the risk of drought.
Over 25 years the level of maritime trafﬁc in Iraq has signiﬁcantly declined, and a lack of visual navigation aids have restricted the full recovery of the industry. This project enhances visual navigation aids at Iraq's southern port to meet international standards.
The project enhances the capacity of formal and informal institutions to establish family protection systems and facilitate law enforcement and access to justice for the victims of violence. It aims to create mechanisms to empower victims, target groups and communities as well as a system that assists reintegration of victims back into the communities.