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 Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), 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

Shell beneficiary Basra
Widowed Karima now owns a minimarket in Al Nashwa sub-district of Basra.

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

Basra, 8 November 2016- Widowed at an early age, raising five children including a disabled son is a tough struggle for an illiterate woman. Now a proudmore 

A water plant in Tikrit after rehabilitation by FFIS.

Tikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISIL

Tikrit, 20 July 2016 - Tikrit was the first city where the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) was field-tested. Abandoned by its residents, the citymore 

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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 

  • Catalysing the Use of Solar Photovoltaic Energy

    UNDP, with GEF funding, aims to catalyse the adoption of solar power in Iraq, both on and off-grid, to help provide reliable power to the Iraqi people, support development and a better standard of living. Photo: Solar energy, Najaf © UNDP/2014more 

  • Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme

    UNDP leads the UN support to employment and income generation through local NGO partners, so that people are able to take care of themselves and become less dependent on handouts. Photo: Arbat Syrian refugees camps © UNDP/2015more 

  • Iraq’s contributions to UNFCCC 2015 Agreement

    The project builds upon existing capacities to strengthen Iraq’s cooperation and coordination with other UNFCCC Party members and encourage the cooperation between Iraq and other Parties to achieve the ultimate objectives of the UNFCCC. Photo: © UNDP Iraq/2014more 

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