Duhok launches its 2-year Provincial Development Strategy supported by the EU and UNDP

May 29, 2016

Governor of Duhok and Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil touring the photo exhibition organized during the Provincial Strategy launch. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Duhok – The Governorate of Duhok launched its Provincial Development Strategy 2016-2018 in a ceremony organized in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), and NOREL non-governmental organization.

Conceptualized with the support of UNDP’s EU funded Local Area Development Programme (LADP), the Strategy seeks progress in six areas: Multi-sector economy, geographical location, governmental services, investment environment, administrative and financial efficiency, and human resources.

Introducing the Strategy, Governor of Duhok, Mr. Farhad Amin Atroshi, underscored: “Citizens of Duhok deserve the highest social and economic welfare levels and a governance system that invests resources efficiently. We are strongly committed to achieve this through the Provincial Development Strategy that was tailored to address the needs and aspirations of Duhok and its people.”

The Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, Mr. Patrick Geysen, noted: “The EU is investing in development of the Kurdistan Region which has suffered for more than three decades of instability, sanctions, invasions and conflict. Promoting good governance, we have no doubt that the Provincial Strategy will be a success in Duhok.”

The Provincial Strategy launch was marked with a two-day exhibition, Made in Duhok, that featured the richness of the region through traditional crafts, arts works and variety of hand made products, produced by Syrian refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and host communities. 

Special guests were participants in Exile Voices: Camp Reporters, an initiative by Reza Visual Academy that expressed life in Kawergosk Syrian Refugee Camp through photos by young refugees.  Fifty large photos were on display, many from a 370-meter long gigantic photo exhibition along the River Seine in Paris.

37 innovation projects presented at the exhibition were evaluated by a jury on the basis of special criteria; the top 3 were awarded - on military tracking software, hearing aid device and smart learning through paperless education.

LADP Programme Manager, Ms. Isabela Uribe, said: "The UN was established by the people for the people. Today we take another step towards the realization of the development goals that echoed the voices of local communities. Through enhanced public service delivery, the impact of development progress will be reflected in the daily lives of people.”

Duhok is the third governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, after Sulaimaniyah and Erbil, to officially launch its Provincial Development Strategy. Through its pioneering Local Area Development Programme, UNDP is providing direct support to twelve Governorates to improve sector-wide planning and implementation, strengthen budget execution and service delivery, improve coordination between central and governorate levels and increase the participation of communities in local development.

Press Release in Arabic (download)


Nidaa Hilal, Communications Specialist, UNDP Iraq (m) +964 780 447 3336

Mohammed Fawzi, Press and Information Officer, EU Delegation to the Republic of Iraq (m) +964 780 928 5377    

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