Overview

What We Do

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been present in Iraq since 1976. Since 2003, it has worked to support the Government and people of Iraq in their transition towards reconciliation, peace and stability. UNDP has also been supporting emergency physical rehabilitation projects in addition to improving the quality of basic service delivery, including health, water and electricity. more

Our Goals

The current programme priorities for UNDP Iraq are in Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention & Recovery and Women's Empowerment. These include: Fostering Inclusive Participation. Government of Iraq and civil society have strengthened participatory mechanisms for electoral processes, national dialogue and reconciliation. more

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Local Area Development

UNDP’s Local Area Development Programme (LADP) was launched to strengthen local authorities to plan and manage reconstruction and development activities.

Our Stories

  • Photo by UNDP Iraq 2012

    The Hidden Danger - Hakim’s story

    Hakim Salih Hakim is the head of his household and is the father of three children.  He lives in the Soran district of the Erbil Governorate more

  • Photo by UNDP Iraq 2012

    Equality Means Business

    Stories of economic achievement of Iraqi women inspire banks into establishing financing facilities for small entrepreneurs A number of remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to more

Projects and Initiatives

Support to the Independent High Electoral Commission

UNDP supports IHEC to become a sustainable government structure able to carry out its constitutional mandate fully, independently, ef´Čüciently, transparently and accountably, in line with international professional standards. more

Empowering Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Iraq

UNDP helps build the capacity of chosen civil society organisations to hold the Government accountable in the areas of service Delivery, corruption, human Rights and civil rights. more

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Video: International Day of Peace 2012



In 2012, UNDP and the UN family in Iraq celebrated the International Day of Peace by organising a concert with Iraq's Ministry of Culture featuring famous oud musician Naseer Shamma. Shamma, who played to a full house of Iraqi youths, said that music is an ideal way to send a message of peace to Iraq.

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