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Governance and Rule of Law

While much has been done to boost Iraq’s governing capacity, the institutions of government remain fragile. Core government systems and processes in areas such as strategic and policy planning, contract and procurement management, budget preparation and execution, human resources management, project management, leadership and communication, and information technology must continue to be strengthened in order for the Government of Iraq to be able to deliver essential services. USAID continues to strengthen the governing and public management capacity of key Iraqi national ministries and executive offices, as well as provincial and local governments.

In working with the Iraqi government, USAID is focused on three components: civil service reform, national policy management, and administrative decentralization. These components, separately and together, will assist the government to initiate far-reaching changes, building on Iraq’s progress in public management. Our program works across the Iraqi government, focusing on improving the coordination among a wide range of government agencies across fifteen provinces. Additionally, USAID is working with provincial and local governments to clarify and strengthen core authorities and responsibilities, improve responsiveness to community needs, represent citizen concerns and provide oversight on the delivery of services by the executive branch.

Our impacts in this sector include:

  • Training for more than 7,000 Iraqi officials since 2009 in strategic planning, budgeting, urban planning and incorporating the needs of women in public policies.
  • Training for more than 105,000 civil servants to-date and enabling the Iraqi government to provide the majority of these courses on its own.

 

Last updated: August 12, 2014

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