Civil Society & Democracy

Background

The Civil Society and Democracy Department has numerous activities and projects that benefited the Iraqi civil society and different sectors of the community. The overall goal is for Iraqi’s democratic systems to become more participatory and dynamic as a result of civil society sustainably deepening citizens.

Projects

Our current project Iraqi Alumni Association Development is implemented in partnership with Mercy Corps and funded by US Embassy in Baghdad. The Iraqi Alumni Association Development organizes the Iraqi alumni of U.S. exchange programs into three Alumni Associations (Southern, Central, and Northern Regions of Iraq) utilizing their leadership and organizational skills to create a network of civil society organizations. It involves workshops, training sessions, conferences, and community activities, taking place in different locations nationwide with the goal to create country-wide network of Iraqi civil society organizations. Launched in February 2016.

In December 2015, the Civil Society and Democracy Department concluded a 3 year program, "Broadening Participation Through Civil Society (BPCS)", which was funded by USAID and implemented in partnership with Mercy Corps. Through BPCS program, Mercy Hands trained numerous local NGOs and community groups.

Mercy Hands has supported established networks of NGOs with different fields of expertise and activities, namely, Shams, Iraqi Network for Protection from conflict (INPC), Law 1325 Network, Network of Iraqi children network (NICR), Ajial Al-Salam network, Minority Alliance network, ITAEI.

Click here to download BPCS Profile and BPCS Final Report

Previous projects

  • Establishing a Football Ground for "A'alli Al Furaq" sport club in Falluja, funded by UNDP
  • Income Generation for Recently Displaced and Support Communities. Funded by IOM
  • Emergency Support to food insecure rural household through establishing home gardens in Iraq. Funded by FAO
  • Generating public debate / awareness on the National Literacy Strategy and particularly on the theme of literacy for women empowerment. Funded by UNESCO.
  • Cash For Work Project in Baghdad Governorate (CFW) 9 Months. Funded by WFP. Provide cash in return for work done by beneficiaries - non-skilled workers
  • Emergency Support to food insecure rural household through establishing home gardens in Iraq. Funded by FAO
  • Data Collection to Support the Evaluation of UNESCO Project "Local Area Development Program" in Iraq. Funded by UNESCO. Data gathering activity (interviews, focus groups, questionnaires to be sent to Lead Evaluator who analyzes received data and submit the final report to UNESCO)
  • Data Collection to Support the Evaluation of UNESCO Project "Improving Relevance and Quality of Technical and Vocation in Iraq". Funded by UNESCO
  • Data Collection to Support the Evaluation of UNESCO Project "Distance-Learning". Funded by UNESCO
  • Strengthen the socio-economic integration of vulnerable Iraqi returnees, IDPs and host communities in Baghdad. Funded by BPRM-ACTED
  • Literacy Initiative for Empowerment LIFE . Funded by UNESCO. Celebrating International Day for Literacy through having small parties and workshops
  • A series of workshops for capacity building and organizational development of Transparency Alliance in Extractive Industries. These include: Workshop for writing a strategy of Transparency Alliance in Extractive Industries; "Transparency in Extractive Industries: Towards an optimal investment of oil revenues in sustainable development in Iraq"; and "Build Iraqi oversight actors' capacity on EI governance and the EITI". Funded by Revenue Watch Institute
  • Cash for Work Project in Baghdad Governorate (CFW). Funded by WFP
  • Establishing Community Learning Centers in Iraq for Literacy and Life Skills Program. Funded by UNESCO
  • 16 Day campaign for Elimination of Violence Against Women. UNIFEM-UNWOMEN
  • Workshop for writing a strategy of Transparency Alliance in Extractive Industries. Revenue Watch Institute
  • Broadening Participation through Civil Society Project (Musharaka). Funded by USAID
  • Youth Activity. Funded by UNESCO. Holding 4 workshops in 1 day training on youth activity and submitting 25 pre & post evaluations
  • Educate A Child Initiative (EACI). Funded by UNESCO. Aim at enrolling 4500 dropped out of schools children back in school and establish Accelerated Literacy Centers