What We Do
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been present in Iraq since 1976. Since 2003, it has worked to support the Government and people of Iraq in their transition towards reconciliation, peace and stability. UNDP has also been supporting emergency physical rehabilitation projects in addition to improving the quality of basic service delivery, including health, water and electricity.
UNDP Iraq is the biggest implementer of stabilization activities in the country. Since the program started in 2015, the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) has mobilized more than $1bn from 27 donors. Stabilization focuses on repairing public infrastructure and providing essential services to communities liberated from ISIL. This includes rebuilding schools and hospitals, rehabilitating water systems and electricity networks, restoring private homes, and providing short-term employment in public works schemes and rehabilitating houses damaged by ISIL.
Impressive results have already been achieved: by May 2019, UNDP Iraq managed to ensure that 1.3 million Iraqis have improved access to clean water, over 800,000 Iraqis have better access to healthcare, and 1.8 million Iraqis have better access to electricity. Over 95% of the work is contracted through the local private sector which not only reduces costs, but ensures local companies rebuild their own cities with local labour through the resumption of local economies, and the quick injection of emergency incomes.
The current programme priorities for UNDP Iraq are in Stabilization, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention & Recovery, and Democratic Governance. These include the following:
• Fostering Inclusive Participation. Government of Iraq and civil society have strengthened participatory mechanisms for electoral processes, national dialogue and reconciliation.
• Strengthening Accountable and Responsive Governing Institutions. Enhanced rule of law, protection and respect for humanrights in line with international standards.
• Grounding Democratic Governance in International Principles. Strengthened regulatory frameworks, institutions and processes in place for accountable, transparent and participatory governance at national and local levels.
• Promoting Inclusive Growth, Gender Equality, Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation and MDG Achievement. Government of Iraq has the institutional framework to develop and implement MDG-based pro-poor, equitable and inclusive socio-economic and environmental policies and strategies.
• Restoring the Foundations for Development.
• Enabling policy and frameworks for rapid economic recovery, inclusive and diversified growth and private sector development.