By John Lee.

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will support six Iraqi universities to develop climate-smart agriculture and efficient water management in Iraq.

Together with the Institute for Water Education (IHE) in Delft and ICRA Global, Wageningen researchers will train academic staff and develop knowledge transfer facilities.

Iraq is one of the focus countries of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For that reason, the Ministry asked WUR to explore the opportunities for cooperation in Iraq in 2018. Last year, an high-level Iraqi delegation visited Wageningen to discuss the collaboration. The two-year project will address several issues.

Teaching styles

First, the Dutch participants will try to modernize the outdated teaching styles at the Iraqi universities by incorporating group work and practical work in their curriculum.

Secondly, the project wants to organize joint research programs at the six universities. Each of these universities will send a scientist to Wageningen to write a joint research article about water management and climate-smart agriculture in Iraq.

The participants may also develop massive open online courses (mooc’s) to implement knowledge transfer to other universities and development partners.

Salinity problems

Iraq is recovering from the war against IS. Some universities were damaged, some others face a challenge to collaborate with farmers to combat water shortage or salinity problems in agriculture. For security reasons, the training will be held in The Netherlands and project partners will meet in the safe Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Karrar Mahdi, an Iraqi scientist at the Soil Physics and Land Use Planning group in Wageningen, will coordinate the project. The project has received a budget of 1,3 million euros. One-third of that budget will be spent at WUR to give scientific and educational assistance.

(Source: WUR)

By John Lee.

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will support six Iraqi universities to develop climate-smart agriculture and efficient water management in Iraq.

Together with the Institute for Water Education (IHE) in Delft and ICRA Global, Wageningen researchers will train academic staff and develop knowledge transfer facilities.

Iraq is one of the focus countries of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For that reason, the Ministry asked WUR to explore the opportunities for cooperation in Iraq in 2018. Last year, an high-level Iraqi delegation visited Wageningen to discuss the collaboration. The two-year project will address several issues.

Teaching styles

First, the Dutch participants will try to modernize the outdated teaching styles at the Iraqi universities by incorporating group work and practical work in their curriculum.

Secondly, the project wants to organize joint research programs at the six universities. Each of these universities will send a scientist to Wageningen to write a joint research article about water management and climate-smart agriculture in Iraq.

The participants may also develop massive open online courses (mooc’s) to implement knowledge transfer to other universities and development partners.

Salinity problems

Iraq is recovering from the war against IS. Some universities were damaged, some others face a challenge to collaborate with farmers to combat water shortage or salinity problems in agriculture. For security reasons, the training will be held in The Netherlands and project partners will meet in the safe Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Karrar Mahdi, an Iraqi scientist at the Soil Physics and Land Use Planning group in Wageningen, will coordinate the project. The project has received a budget of 1,3 million euros. One-third of that budget will be spent at WUR to give scientific and educational assistance.

(Source: WUR)

Speaking after the meeting of NATO’s North Atlantic Council, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the safety of NATO’s personnel in Iraq is paramount and that the Alliance had temporarily suspended training activities on the ground.

He added that NATO was prepared to continue training and capacity-building when the situation permits, emphasizing that the Alliance remains strongly committed to the fight against international terrorism.

Read the Secretary General’s press point here.

(Source: NATO)

By John Lee.

An Iraqi researcher has reportedly obtained the first master’s degree in Iraq on the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) [One Belt One Road], by virtue of a thesis titled “Geo-strategic Importance of the Silk Road and its Impacts on the Future of Iraq“.

Khalaf Ayyash Ahmed told Xinhua:

“The importance of the Belt and Road Initiative for Iraq lies in investing in the infrastructure that Iraq needs as a result of its collapse because of the economic sanctions and successive wars.”

Ahmed submitted his thesis to the government-owned Al Iraqia University.

(Source: Xinhua)

In continuing of training sessions conducted in 2017, 2018 and early 2019 for the potential firms/companies throughout Iraq, UNDP Country Office Iraq is planning to conduct E-Tendering training session for firms/companies who have not yet registered with the E-Tendering portal of the UNDP based in Kirkuk Governorate.

The training sessions will be conducted on 23 December 2019 in Kirkuk.

* Firms/Companies who are not previously registered on the E-Tendering portal are requested to send the following information to the UNDP focal point Sana Jalal: sana.jalal@undp.org.

a) Name of the company;
b) Name of Representative/s (Maximum two person from each firm/company are allowed to take part in the training session).

Note: The training venue will only be communicated to those firms/companies who will show their interest to participate by sending an email to the above focal points.

(Source: UN)

(Picture: Call for tender written on a folder, from Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock)

In continuing of training sessions conducted in 2017, 2018 and early 2019 for the potential firms/companies throughout Iraq, UNDP Country Office Iraq is planning to conduct E-Tendering training session for firms/companies who have not yet registered with the E-Tendering portal of the UNDP based in Kirkuk Governorate.

The training sessions will be conducted on 23 December 2019 in Kirkuk.

* Firms/Companies who are not previously registered on the E-Tendering portal are requested to send the following information to the UNDP focal point Sana Jalal: sana.jalal@undp.org.

a) Name of the company;
b) Name of Representative/s (Maximum two person from each firm/company are allowed to take part in the training session).

Note: The training venue will only be communicated to those firms/companies who will show their interest to participate by sending an email to the above focal points.

(Source: UN)

(Picture: Call for tender written on a folder, from Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock)

By John Lee.

The AMAR Foundation is working to record, protect and teach the unique music of the Yazidi people in northern Iraq.

Part of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, the project is helping to preserve and sustain this endangered music for future generations of Yazidis.

Developing over a long and complex history, Yazidi music is rich and unique. It is at the heart of the Yazidi faith and is one of the central pillars of community life.

It broadly takes three forms: religious, ceremonial and folk. AMAR is working to ensure that all three continue to exist and thrive among the Yazidi people.

More here

(Source: AMAR)

By John Lee.

The AMAR Foundation is working to record, protect and teach the unique music of the Yazidi people in northern Iraq.

Part of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, the project is helping to preserve and sustain this endangered music for future generations of Yazidis.

Developing over a long and complex history, Yazidi music is rich and unique. It is at the heart of the Yazidi faith and is one of the central pillars of community life.

It broadly takes three forms: religious, ceremonial and folk. AMAR is working to ensure that all three continue to exist and thrive among the Yazidi people.

More here

(Source: AMAR)

By John Lee.

The AMAR Foundation is working to record, protect and teach the unique music of the Yazidi people in northern Iraq.

Part of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, the project is helping to preserve and sustain this endangered music for future generations of Yazidis.

Developing over a long and complex history, Yazidi music is rich and unique. It is at the heart of the Yazidi faith and is one of the central pillars of community life.

It broadly takes three forms: religious, ceremonial and folk. AMAR is working to ensure that all three continue to exist and thrive among the Yazidi people.

More here

(Source: AMAR)

It’s (almost) Christmas, so please spare a thought for those less fortunate who will have little to celebrate on the 25th.

Please consider the AMAR Foundation‘s appeal this year which highlights the plight of Yazidi teens whose young lives have been ruined by ISIS.

More than one third of the 6,800 Yazidis abducted in Sinjar in 2014 were children under 14, We want to reach as many of these children as possible and help them reclaim their childhoods.

Please click here to help us help them.

(Source: AMAR)