The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is rehabilitating 15,000 houses in West Mosul, bringing the total number of houses in its stabilization portfolio to more than 30,000 – the largest of its kind in Iraq.

The project in West Mosul covers 29 neighbourhoods that were hardest hit during the fight to liberate the city from the Islamic State, including the Old City where the militants declared their caliphate. It will enable 90,000 people to return home.

“This rehabilitation project is a critical step for families wanting to settle back into their homes in Mosul after three years of turmoil and hardship,” says Head of UNDP’s Stabilization programme, Dr. Mohammed siddig Mudawi.

“We know it works. Through our successful projects in Ramadi and Fallujah, as well as Bartella and Bashiqa in the Ninewa Plains, we’ve witnessed first-hand the transformative impact that our housing rehabilitation work has had on communities,” he adds.

Priority for housing is given to the most vulnerable – female-headed households, households run by a minor, people living with a disability, and households where the breadwinner has not had employment in the last three years.

Essential elements such as rebuilding and plastering walls, securing windows and doors, undertaking electrical work and restoring sanitation are incorporated into the rehabilitation, plus additional items for people living with a disability, such as ramps and seated toilets.

Neighbourhoods were selected in consultation with the provincial government and Mayor’s office based on numbers of returnees and level of damage sustained. All housing repairs are agreed to by the homeowner and the local Muktar prior to commencement, and work is monitored by government-appointed committees.

Rehabilitation of the first group of houses will be complete by end of March. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by November 2019.

Approximately 800 stabilization projects have been completed or are underway by UNDP in Mosul, including restoring water and electricity networks, rebuilding educational institutions and healthcare facilities, and providing employment for locals to clear rubble from streets.

Photos of the West Mosul housing project are available here to download. Contact Fay Daoud on the details below if you would like to use any photos.

(Source: UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is rehabilitating 15,000 houses in West Mosul, bringing the total number of houses in its stabilization portfolio to more than 30,000 – the largest of its kind in Iraq.

The project in West Mosul covers 29 neighbourhoods that were hardest hit during the fight to liberate the city from the Islamic State, including the Old City where the militants declared their caliphate. It will enable 90,000 people to return home.

“This rehabilitation project is a critical step for families wanting to settle back into their homes in Mosul after three years of turmoil and hardship,” says Head of UNDP’s Stabilization programme, Dr. Mohammed siddig Mudawi.

“We know it works. Through our successful projects in Ramadi and Fallujah, as well as Bartella and Bashiqa in the Ninewa Plains, we’ve witnessed first-hand the transformative impact that our housing rehabilitation work has had on communities,” he adds.

Priority for housing is given to the most vulnerable – female-headed households, households run by a minor, people living with a disability, and households where the breadwinner has not had employment in the last three years.

Essential elements such as rebuilding and plastering walls, securing windows and doors, undertaking electrical work and restoring sanitation are incorporated into the rehabilitation, plus additional items for people living with a disability, such as ramps and seated toilets.

Neighbourhoods were selected in consultation with the provincial government and Mayor’s office based on numbers of returnees and level of damage sustained. All housing repairs are agreed to by the homeowner and the local Muktar prior to commencement, and work is monitored by government-appointed committees.

Rehabilitation of the first group of houses will be complete by end of March. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by November 2019.

Approximately 800 stabilization projects have been completed or are underway by UNDP in Mosul, including restoring water and electricity networks, rebuilding educational institutions and healthcare facilities, and providing employment for locals to clear rubble from streets.

Photos of the West Mosul housing project are available here to download. Contact Fay Daoud on the details below if you would like to use any photos.

(Source: UNDP)

International Women’s Day was celebrated today at an event organized by the Directorate for the Empowerment of Iraqi Women at the Council of Ministers.

The event, which was supported by UN Women and the International Medical Corps, was attended by senior Iraqi government officials, including the two Deputy Speakers of the Council of Representatives, human rights activists, civil society representatives, the international community and many others.

Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) Alice Walpole (pictured) addressed the meeting, along with Dr. Mahdi Al-Allaq, Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, who represented the Prime Minister; Dr. Thikra Alwash, Mayor of Baghdad and Chair of the Standing Committee on the Advancement of Women; UN Women’s Representative, Ms. Dina Zorba and UNFPA Representative, Dr. Oluremi Sogunro; as well as the Director-General of the Directorate for the Empowerment of Iraqi Women, Dr. Ibtisam Aziz.

In her remarks, DSRSG Walpole welcomed the upcoming discussions in Parliament on updating the Anti-Domestic Violence Law. “We need to acknowledge that domestic violence diminishes and shames all of society; it is a threat not just to women but to society itself,” she emphasised.

Reflecting on the challenges facing displaced women across Iraq, DSRSG Walpole noted that “They continue to suffer the brutal consequences of the recent conflict”.

“Female-headed households should be prioritised in accessing public services,” she said, and called on the Ministries of Defence and Interior, and the National Operations Command, to “to ensure that secure clearance mechanisms are coordinated among security actors to minimize re-screening of individuals already screened; and to consider removing security clearance requirements for civilians who have not been charged with a criminal or terrorism-related offence, so they do not face obstacles in accessing public services, including civil registries and courts”.

DSRSG Walpole also noted the high unemployment rate amongst young women, which is double that of men. She called on the government to “offer small business grants to female entrepreneurs to help them into the business arena, in particular to women returnees in the liberated areas, and those heading households”.

“Advancing women’s economic empowerment in this way will contribute to the government’s efforts to achieve national stability,” she noted

(Source: UN)

Denmark provides an additional $4 million to Security Sector Reform in Iraq

The Government of Denmark will contribute an additional 27 million Danish Kroner (approx. USD 4 million) to advance Security and Justice Sector Reform in Iraq in the coming years.

This support will be managed and facilitated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP Security Sector Reform/ Rule of Law Programme provides advice to Government of Iraq’s Security Sector Reform Programme through partnerships with the Office of the National Security Advisor, Ministry of Interior, Higher Judicial Council, Ministry of Justice, Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, Iraqi civil society organizations and, other international donors.

The Danish grant will, among others, be used to support implementation of the Local Police Road Map, for development of quick impact projects to improve police – public partnerships, and for mid-level management and, related specialized trainings to Iraqi police officers in close collaboration between Danish National Police, UNDP and the Ministry of Interior. Denmark has supported Iraq’s security and justice sector reform efforts since 2015.

Danish Ambassador Gert Meinecke said “Denmark maintains its commitment to supporting Iraq’s transition to stability, security and recovery”.

While visiting a mid-level management training course at the Ministry of Interior, the Danish Ambassador expressed hope that the trained Iraqi Police Officers will provide a safer and more secure day-to-day environment for the people of Iraq. “The strengthening of local police is important in the transition from ‘green to blue’ security”. added Ambassador Meinecke.

Mr. Vakhtang Svanidze, Officer in Charge of UNDP Iraq said “I would like to thank the Government of Denmark for its generous contribution of 27 Million Danish Kroner which comes in addition to the in- kind support of the Danish police advisor and, expert trainers”. “Improving key public security services such as policing and justice services in the liberated and, other areas will be a key determiner to Iraq’s transition to stability and, maintain safe returns” added Mr. Svanidze.

UNDP is very grateful to the Government of Denmark’s committed and generous contributions to UNDP Security Sector Reform/ Rule of Law Programme in Iraq.

(Source: UNDP)

Member of the Parliamentary Planning Committee: Intermediate companies are the basis of corruption
2/23/2019

"The collapse of most of the projects submitted after a year or less to implement, a serious phenomenon worthy of study and attention, accusing the local intermediary companies as the reason for the collapse of those projects.


Iqbal said in a statement that "the spread of corruption and the dependence of the referral of foreign companies to major local companies not known in the implementation of most of the projects of electricity, municipalities, water and sewer cause a large collapse of these projects after a very short time to implement, despite the allocation of large amounts equivalent to several projects

Implemented by the same companies in neighboring countries, " said a member of the Strategic Planning Committee on" the need to determine the government controls the companies to which the projects are referred to and rely on giant companies and the prevention and implementation of the referral to eliminate cases of corruption that plagued the institutions of countries And its projects can not be tolerated. "

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The judiciary is preparing a plan to withdraw the rug from the dominance of the parties

2/21/2019

The judiciary is preparing to submit a draft law to separate the powers to the House of Representatives in a move to get rid of the dominance of political parties that exploit their influence in the House of Representatives to influence the judiciary.

"The judicial authority has begun to take effective steps to remove any restrictions that may affect its professional work," a source at the Supreme Judicial Council said. "There are constitutional provisions that gave large parties the opportunity to control judicial decisions; Through which to impose haggling to control this power. "

He added that "the judiciary is currently working on the formation of special committees to prepare a draft will be presented to the parliament, which provides for the separation of powers."

He added that "what matters to us today is that the work of the judiciary is completely separate and not interfere with any party, whether in the appointments or decisions issued by it," noting that "the draft which is in the process of preparation now; will be a dividing line between the three authorities ( Legislative, executive and judicial) ".

"The success of this endeavor because of its great importance; to immunize the judiciary from any attempts to intervene and impose political agendas on them."

For his part, said Kurdish leader former MP Mahmoud Othman, in a press statement; "The Iraqi constitution was written by parties and political blocs, and was supposed to be written by the judiciary and then briefed by politicians, but in Iraq was done in reverse, so there are gaps And the judiciary is aware of it and sees the need to modify it, for the sake of professionalism and ease of work. "

He pointed to "the difficulty of making these amendments, but it is possible to propose the Supreme Judicial Council amendments to the political blocs and persuade, and then move in this framework."

On the other hand, said a member of the reform alliance Ali al-Amiri, "We need this movement, despite its delay; the Iraqi judiciary must be independent and decisive judiciary, and not subject to any political party," expressing support for this step, "and the trend towards activating the principle of separation of powers, Judicial institution ".

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Parliamentary finance: to live for Iraqis due to corruption
19 February 2019
BAGHDAD/Iraq News Network–a member of the House Finance Committee, Jamal Panther, Tuesday, 19 February, 2019, warned the Iraqi state of death because of the supreme Anti-Corruption council, while revealing two options before it.

"The Iraqi state has two options," he said in a press statement today. "The fact that corruption is rampant or fought and uprooted in all government institutions," he said, adding that "the Iraqi state’s sequencing of corruption has become globally advanced."

He said, "the huge amount of corruption in state institutions requires the formation or development of a new regulatory body that is a substitute for and repeal of the previous regulatory bodies or the creation of a new device that combines the old devices and reactivating them to pursue the corrupt.

"The restructuring of the Supreme Council to combat corruption is aimed at bringing together the regulatory bodies and doing them," he said, expressing support for "The formation of this Council, which will be Complements the work of the Integrity Committee and the offices of the general inspectors, who have not been able to tackle corruption.

"The new council’s work will reveal to us the extent to which the state needs oversight agencies or to come up with new regulatory devices," said a member of the Finance committee, adding that "the next phase will be a test phase for these Devices ".

" The officials of the monitoring agencies will not cooperate with the new body to fulfill its mandate, "he said, warning that" the work of this new body, which will lead to the death of the Iraqi state and deliver it to the corrupt people, has failed.

"Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi has announced the restructuring The Anti-corruption Council to follow up on corruption, public waste and money laundering, after the Supreme Criminal Court building has been established to hold its periodic meetings.

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Parliament is preparing to legislate a law that provides thousands of jobs for the unemployed
2/17/2019

A member of the Labor and Social Affairs Committee, Star Jabbar al-Attabi, on Sunday, the Parliament’s intention to proceed with the legislation of the draft social security law during the coming period, noting that the law provides thousands of jobs for the unemployed.

Al-Atabi said that "the House of Representatives will see in its second chapter reading the draft social security law first and second reading to find job opportunities for the unemployed in the institutions of the state."

He added that "there is consensus to put the draft law guarantee social protection to end the phenomenon of disguised unemployment and the operation of graduates in the departments and institutions of state in the public and private sectors," noting that "the adoption of the law will provide thousands of grades in the private sector."

Al-Attabi called for "increasing allocations of social welfare budget to meet the needs of loans and unemployed for the current year and to include as many as possible."

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An agreement between Halabousi and a parliamentary committee to host Saleh and Abdul Mahdi in parliament
2/17/2019

A deputy revealed the intention of the House of Representatives to host the President of the Republic Barham Saleh, and ministers Adel Abdul Mahdi in the first session of the next legislative session, which is scheduled to begin on the fourth of next March.

A member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Youssef Al-Kalabi, said in a press statement that "an agreement was reached after the meeting of the Integrity Committee, in the presence of Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halabousi, to submit a request to host President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi,

And the heads of the Integrity Commission and the Financial Control Bureau in a parliamentary session to develop a clear constitutional and legal mechanism to combat corruption.

He added that "the request submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, ensure that this meeting is the first in the next legislative term, in line with the directives of religious reference, which provided a roadmap for politicians in the fight against corruption.

"Corruption has become the first scourge to hit society and institutions, after the disappearance of terrorism, so efforts must join forces to eliminate this phenomenon that is rotting in the body of society," he said.In addition, Deputy Jamal Cougar, hosted the presidencies to listen to their plans to fight corruption in order to increase coordination and unify positions.

"This meeting puts them all in front of the greatest responsibility to combat this scourge, and not to share accusations among themselves that it is the party that is failing to eradicate this scourge, as happened in previous governments," he said in a press statement.

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Special Parliament reveals the most prominent laws to be presented in the new legislative term
2/14/2019


A member of the legal committee, Hussein Ali Karim Fenjan, on Thursday, that the House of Representatives seeks to enact and approve a number of important laws affecting the Iraqi citizen, in the second legislative term.

"There are priorities for the laws set by the relevant committees, and this depends on the type of law and the delay, some laws need to be discussed and intensive dialogues in some others can not be delayed," he said in a statement.

He pointed out that "there is a tendency to pass laws (the Federal Court, the financial management of the public debt, and the new civil service law), we hope to vote in the new chapter," noting that "there is slow in the work of the House of Representatives in connection with the convening of meetings, Accelerate the passage of important laws. "

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