Over the past nine years, Iraq has conducted eight free and fair elections at the national and provincial levels and continues to work to improve the delivery of essential services to its people, decentralize certain government functions as appropriate, and build a civil society that can serve as an independent advocate for the Iraqi people.
USAID’s Democracy and Governance Program is a multi-faceted initiative that works with Iraqi citizens at the grassroots level and with the Iraqi government at all levels – national, provincial and local. Our projects strengthen the ability of Iraqi national ministries and provincial councils to perform basic government functions and respond effectively to the needs of their constituents.
At the same time, USAID works with Iraqi communities and individuals through local NGOs, universities, and other civil society organizations (CSOs) to strengthen the ability of Iraqis to engage their government and obtain services. By linking Iraqis at the grassroots level to their governing institutions, USAID helps to integrate democratic principles into Iraqi governance and society.
Our impacts in this sector include:
- Establishing community action groups and training more than 4,770 members since 2008 to identify and prioritize what they believe to be their communities’ most pressing needs.
- Helping Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission improve its management and planning capabilities, leading to the successful administration of eight elections since 2003.
Last updated: September 16, 2015