KRG-funded volunteers trained for their first UN assignments

Aug 6, 2015

Volunteers collaborating during the training session © UNDP Iraq/2015

The Ministry of Planning of the Government of Kurdistan (KRG) offers to national youth, aged 18 to 29, a rare opportunity to contribute to the region's Vision 2020, while enhancing their skills, experience and civic engagement capacities, by spending one year as volunteers in United Nations agencies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

On 6 August, the first group of 13 volunteers completed a five day assignment preparation training. The training focused on providing participants with an understanding of community engagement and participation, working in cross-cultural environments, conflict mitigation and the role of volunteerism in development.

Training participants were quick to note the value of such programme. “Such training opportunities allow youth volunteers from across Iraq to meet and exchange different opinions, experiences, backgrounds and cultures. They can learn from each other, develop their knowledge, skills and become motivated to work better on their assignments and raise awareness of the concept of volunteering in their community,” said Lana, 22.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in various training courses aimed at preparing them to work on development programming and implementation in the future. The focus of the volunteering project is to build the capacities of youth in Kurdistan to create a pool of knowledgeable, experienced and trained young professionals.

Funded by the Kurdistan Vision 2020 Joint Programming Facility, this initiative is implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV). Over a period of two years, at least 40 young people will be assigned to serve on projects and activities contributing to the development of the Kurdistan Region and aligned with the KRG Vision 2020 priorities.


Ana Izvorska, Project Coordinator, (m) +964 751 247 1050

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