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  • Fast Facts: Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance Project
    Jan 15, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance Project, as part of its Parliament, Civil Society and Human Rights Programme. The Fast Facts sheet summarizes key results achieved in 2015.

  • Innovative Iraqi idea receives top prize

    A number of remarkable young Iraqi entrepreneurs are managing to break through and establish successful businesses. One such individual was Sarhang Hars, a master’s degree student from Iraq’s Kurdistan Region whose idea recently won the Hurilab competition in Armenia.

  • From illiteracy to financial literacy: Karima can now provide for her children and “keep dignity”

    Widowed at an early age, raising five children including a disabled son is a tough struggle for an illiterate woman. Now a proud owner of the only minimarket in her neighbourhood, 40- year-old Karima is able to sustain her family.

  • Tikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISIL

    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 jobs and worried by insecurity.

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

    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 learning opportunities.

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

    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 location of Sumer and also home to beautiful palm tree farms, has been quite an inspiration.

  • UNDP turns 50: Storytelling contest launched in Iraq to boost development coverage
    Feb 21, 2016

    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 work.

  • Easy and Affordable Counsel

    Many Iraqis confronting the judicial system do not have either the legal knowledge on how to defend or enforce their rights nor have the financial means to afford counsel. Eliza, a 14 year old Iraqi Kurdish girl fell in love with the neighbours’ son and became pregnant.

  • Equality Means Business

    A number of remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to break social barriers and venture with successful small businesses came together to share the challenges they faced and how they overcame to become an integral part of the Iraqi economy.

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

    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 Tikrit have reestablished the essential services for our community. With water stations and electrical grids repaired and police stations, healthcare centres and schools rebuilt, people can now restart their lives.”