UNDP and Karbala Governorate sign flagship partnership agreement

Feb 22, 2016

Mr. Abdelmoula, who headed a multi-programme delegation to Karbala, addressing the press. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Karbala – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Karbala signed the Karbala Agreement, a flagship partnership aiming at strengthening participatory and accountable governance, developing e-governance, and introducing a platform of services provision. To strengthen the capacities of the Provincial Council and District Councils in development and planning, the agreement further aims at developing coordination mechanisms between the local and federal levels of Government. 

“UNDP welcomes this partnership, and will work closely with the local government to advance local skills, contribute to developing finanical resources and improve the overall situation in Karbala,” underscored UNDP Country Director, Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, who headed a multi-programme delegation on a one day mission to the Governorate.

The Governor of Karbala, Mr. Aqeel Omran Al-Turaihi, said: “The Karbala Agreement is of key importance for the development of our Governorate. We look forward to expanding our cooperation with UNDP, and to supporting the promotion of this partnership and reaching the desired outcomes that will benefit the people of Karbala.”

UNDP has been actively engaged with the Governorate of Karbala since 2015. As part of Iraq’s Public Sector Modernization (I-PSM) Programme,UNDP’s Local Governance and Decentralization Programme has been jointly organizing training sessions with the Governorate with the objective of formulating strategies for Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health in 2016. 

Furthermore, UNDP’s private sector focal point has been engaged with the local authorities to promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and initiate and implement livelihood projects. There is currently over 200.000 internally displaced families in Karbala, and the need is dire for crisis response and support to livelihoods. UNDP will support the families in need through the International Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP). 

The partership will also focus on awareness and education programmes in the fields of optimizing water use and conservation of the environment, in addition to promoting gender equality and youth engagement.

Amongst the achieved cooperation outcomes are the establishment of a gender unit within the Governor’s Office and a Gender Studies Unit in the University of Karbala. During the coming weeks, and through the establishment of the Women Leaders Forum on International Women’s Day celebrated on 8 March, further efforts will be deployed to promote gender equality programmes in order to ensure equal opportunity, women empowerment and engagement of girls.

During the mission, UNDP also organized a brainstorming session on the inclusion of youth in development planning in Karbala, including the establishment of a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Unit within the local authority.

Contact

Ali Kamouna, Assistant Country Director for Karbala Office, (m) +964 790 194 5100

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