During the training workshop, experts from UNDP Regional Hub, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development Team in Amman (Dr. Nathalie Milbach Bouché, Team Leader, and Mr. Fekadu Terefe, Specialist) provided the linkage level between the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the NDP and the SDGs and the need to secure coordination between these processes with using the Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) tool. The experts presented preliminary findings of the RIA of the PRS and NDP. These initial findings suggest a significant degree of alignment
among the strategic priorities of Iraq vision, plans and the SDGs targets, including a significant focus on three cores economic, environmental, and social. However, there are some gaps, including strengthening the evaluation and monitoring framework at this stage and the inclusion of the PRS beneficiaries themselves in the monitoring of the PRS in line with emerging good practices and SDG 16. This comes at a particular junction where the first Iraq VNR report will be having one part on how Iraq is integrating poverty and leaving no one behind issues, and their policy and governance frameworks - the PRS, the Social Fund Program along with the SDGs targets and Agenda 2030. Group sessions were organized to discuss these findings, allowing participants to both deepen their knowledge of the SDGs and help them connect the PRS with multi-dimensional SDGs targets through the RIA. Clearly, the workshop provided a renewed opportunity to raise the participants’ awareness about the SDGs, the NDP, the PRS itself and the VNR process which could provide an entry point for further communication and appropriation across the Ministry of Planning, and line ministries as well as local levels.