Democratic Governance


The United Nations Development Programme, in line with the National Development Plan of Iraq, supports efforts to improve the country’s governance and thereby improve the quality of life for all men, women and children in Iraq. Drawing from its on-the-ground experience in over 180 countries, UNDP in Iraq utilises its extensive expertise to help Iraqis strengthen participatory processes, increase political equity, enhance institutional accountability and increase access to justice in their country.

Our Goals

UNDP’s Democratic Governance work focuses on development that responds to the needs of all Iraqi citizens, including the poor. Through these programmes UNDP in Iraq aims to promote participation, accountability and transparency at all levels and build effective and capable Iraqi institutions that are accountable, transparent, inclusive and responsive.more

Support to elections

UNDP Iraq train staff on out-of-country voting procedures. UNDP works closely with the Iraq Electoral Management Body (EMB), providing policy and legal advice as well as technical support.more

Our Stories

Rami al-Tamimi
At the Kerka’an Bazar, Basra. Photo: Rami al-Tamimi

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. more 

Photo by UNDP Iraq 2013

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, whose idea recently won the Hurilab competition in Armenia.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Local Area Development Programme (LADP-EU)

    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. more 

  • Support to the Independent High Electoral Commission

    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.more 

  • Empowering Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Iraq

    Through this project, UNDP supports CSOs to effectively monitor Government’s compliance with due process and transparency via the creation of CSOs Consortia.more 

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