Strengthening Iraqi Civil Society Organisations
As part of the Expanded Humanitarian Response Fund Programme, UNDP Iraq held a conference in Erbil to strengthen the capacity of Iraqi Civil Society Organizations (CSO).
Representatives from more than 70 NGOs attended the conference from all governorates in Iraq. The conference provided an overview on the programme’s work and key achievements over the past four years.
During focus groups, participants discussed various technical areas including proposal writing, project planning, results based management, partnership opportunities, emergency preparedness and gender equality. “I found the focus groups to be rich with information,” said Kawther R. Madhloom, the Manager of ‘Future Creators Organisation for Human Rights’.
The event ended with a conclusions and recommendations session to help the NGOs identify their future roles and remain sustainable. The key points raised during this session were the establishment of links with professional companies which could enhance their network, aligning CSOs with relief organisations to better react to emergency situations and to draft a strategic plan to empower women in economics and politics.
The Expanded Humanitarian Response is a four year UNDP Iraq programme that is ending in December 2012. The programme has funded a total of 96 projects in various sectors across Iraq and partnered with a total of 65 national and international NGOs, importantly 54 Iraqi NGOs. To date, the programme has provided humanitarian assistance to more than three quarters of a million Iraqis.