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

Located 80 kilometres south of Baghdad, Al-Salaam Camp is but one of many settlements in and around Iraq that host thousands of displaced people. Photo: Dhuha Juhaishi/UNDP Iraq/2018
The role of legal representation to obtaining legal identity: Ibrahim's story

Ibrahim is a young husband and father, born in Baghdad but raised in East Mosul. He and his wife, Kadijah, had their first child in 2015 during the occupation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)more 

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 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Funding Facility for Economic Reform-Federal

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting Iraq in its efforts towards implementing key economic reform initiatives. To this end, UNDP and the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq signed a project document establishing the FFER-Federal on 29 January 2017. The objective of this Funding Facility is to diversify the economy, improve the management of national assets, combat corruption, and meet the loan conditionality set by international financial lending institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB).more 

  • 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 

  • Rule of Law Programme

    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).more 

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