Enabling NGOs through interactive training

21 Jan 2013

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As part of UNDP’s project on “Empowering civil society organisations in Iraq”, 35 local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from south, central and north Iraq were trained on proposal writing and project development. This is part of an innovative approach by UNDP to support potential grantee NGO consortia to develop their skills prior to submitting project proposals.

Interactive workshops were held in Baghdad from 7 to 9 January and in Erbil from 11 to 13 January. These workshops focused on important skills including problem analysis, project logic and results-based management, work plans, budget design and risk assessments. As a result of the training, the participants said they were better prepared to design quality interventions and have benefited from interacting and exchanging ideas with other NGOs.

The participating NGO consortia were selected following a competitive process and are now applying for grants valued from $50,000 to $150,000. These grants will be used to implement projects that enhance citizen oversight mechanisms to promote adequate service delivery, anti-corruption and human and civil rights.

The “Empowering CSOs in Iraq” project is funded by the Iraq United Nations Development Assistance Framework Trust Fund through Danish Government funding and is implemented in partnership with UNOPS. The project is supported by the Committee on Civil Society of the Council of Representatives and the Committee on Civil Society Organisations of the Kurdistan Region Parliament.