The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting Iraq in its efforts towards implementing key economic reform initiatives. To this end, UNDP and the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq signed a project document establishing the FFER-Federal on 29 January 2017.
The objective of this Funding Facility is to diversify the economy, improve the management of national assets, combat corruption, and meet the loan conditionality set by international financial lending institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB).
Under the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, UNDP is channeling high-caliber international expertise to support top priority reform initiatives through FFER-Federal.
UNDP technical support targets economic reforms, and will expand in the future to include leading reform and anti-corruption initiatives led by government ministries and independent constitutional entities.
What we have achieved so far
In the few months since its launch, the FFER-Federal achieved the following tangible outcomes:
- Impact assessment of the effectiveness of over 85 percent of the Offices of the Inspectors General (OIGs) in preventing corruption completed through questionnaires, field visits, and review of the legal framework under which the Offices operate. Conclusions and recommendations for the OIGs endorsed by the Prime Minister, and the Supreme Board of Audit is to play a critical role in assessing their annual performance.
- Five percent of the actual assets recovered by the OIGs as a result of anti-corruption efforts allocated to the Offices budget.
- New internal asset recovery coordination mechanism introduced, and procedures upgraded to meet the international requirements in terms of cross border mutual legal assistance. This followed a comprehensive review of the existing mechanism and capacity assessment of all the involved government bodies.
- Customs processes and procedures reviewed to undertake re-engineering and modernization, with the aim of increasing revenue collection.
- International experts deployed to assist the government to recover assets acquired through corruption and are physically outside of Iraq.
- Three international investigators deployed to support local investigators in handling complex corruption cases. Local investigators benefited from international-standard investigation techniques to strengthen cases under investigation before processing them for prosecution.
- Two-day high-level national consultations to step up the fight against corruption organized in Baghdad in April 2017, focusing on areas such as customs revenue collection and provision of health services. Recommendations and action plans drafted to enhance the score of Iraq on the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
- An outline communications strategy and action plan for anti-corruption elaborated, with a specific focus on promoting good governance and restoring trust of the people of Iraq in the overall public sector.