What We Do

Present in Iraq since 1976, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to supporting the Government and people of Iraq during their transition towards reconciliation, reform and stability. UNDP’s support ranges from promoting emergency livelihoods and community dialogue in districts impacted by the humanitarian crisis, to helping stabilize newly liberated areas through its Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), to providing technical assistance in support of governance reforms and decentralization.more

Our Goals

The current programme priorities for UNDP Iraq are in Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention & Recovery and Women's Empowerment. These include: Fostering Inclusive Participation. Government of Iraq and civil society have strengthened participatory mechanisms for electoral processes, national dialogue and reconciliation.more

Local Area Development

UNDP’s Local Area Development Programme (LADP) was launched to strengthen local authorities to plan and manage reconstruction and development activities. more

Our Stories

Mine Action
Ms. Montaha was one of the very first female engineers to join the male-dominated Directorate of Mine Action and later head the Gender Unit. Photo: Ministry of Health and Environment/2017
Engineer Montaha Khudair helps to reduce gender inequality in the field of mine action, inspired by UNDP

Baghdad, 13 December 2017- “I was not afraid. All I cared about was completing my tasks professionally to prove that women are able to succeed inmore 

Oil refinery in Basra. Photo: UNAMI PIO/2017
Provincial Council of Basra formulates strategic plan to contribute to effective management of the oil and gas sector

Basra, 01 November 2017- The southern Governorate of Iraq, Basra, now has a three-year strategic plan for oil and gas. As a key pillar of Basra’s economy,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 

  • 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 

  • Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance Project

    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.more 

  • Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) leads the early recovery and resilience agenda in Iraq by supporting employment and income generation through local NGO partners. In addition, UNDP supports central and local authorities in leading the crisis response and in the rehabilitation of basic social infrastructure, particularly in those areas where the return of displaced people is possible. Finally, UNDP seeks to pre-empt gross human rights violations, reduce risks of gender based violence, and foster social cohesion amongst diverse communities in developing tools to mediate and resolve conflicts. The Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) for 2014-2017 is a critical contribution to this.more 

  • UNDP-Shell Partnership

    In March 2012, UNDP partnered with the leading oil company, Shell, to launch an initiative to build participatory planning and local area development capacity and implement respective activities in communities near the Majnoon Oil Field in the Governorate of Basra, South of Iraq. The partnership also aimed to enable high quality vocational training (VT) and micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) environment.more 

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