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Beirut, March 19-22, 2012 - Training Workshop on International Arbitration – A four day training workshop was delivered by the World Bank to Iraqi government officials, including lawyers and senior procurement specialists from Ministry of Planning – Public Contracting directorate, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of oil, Board of Supreme Audit, Investment Board, and participants from KRG, Ministry of planning and finance. The purpose of the training was to assist government officials understand the legal framework relating to international arbitration, modernization of public contracts management system (for procurement of main projects and oil and gas contracts), and best international practices regarding dispute resolution mechanisms. Topics covered included:
• Overview of different means to settle disputes, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration;
• Types of arbitrations (domestic v. International, Commercial v. Investment);
• Arbitration in Iraq;
• Procedural rules applicable in arbitration;
• Applicable law on the merit in arbitration;
• Arbitral Award including challenge, recognition and enforcement; and
• Use of arbitration in state contract and the Standard Bidding Documents
Workshop participants found the training "very useful, timely, relevant". The focus on case studies and participation opportunities were particularly appreciated.
Turkey, January 2012 - Emergency Social Protection Project - An Iraqi delegation from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) visited the Social Assistance and Solidarity Fund (SASF) to learn from the Turkish experience in developing social assistance programs and social safety nets. The main objective of the learning visit was to expose the Iraqis and provide them with in-depth insight into advanced social assistance programs in a developing country, with particular focus on cash transfers and conditional cash transfers. Social Protection experts view Turkey’s program as an example of one that is on the right track and an adequate example for countries in the region considering the adoption of CCTs as part of their poverty reduction and risk mitigation strategies. The participants received briefings, participated in round table discussions, and visited a local social center and a community shop in the field. The visit was an opportunity to provide insights on key issues that would help MOLSA in developing its own program. (more)
Iraq's Pension Reform Implementation Support Technical Assistance Project (PRISTA) - Featured During 2011 World Bank Innovation Days EVENT.
This World Bank-executed US$5.8 million grant financed by the Iraq Trust Fund was designed to fill existing gaps and meet the Iraqi people's multiple needs in terms of old-age security and social insurance. Its three main objectives are: (i) in the short-term to support Government of Iraq in implementing the provisions of the new Pension law; (ii) in the medium-term to support the unification of the public and private pension schemes; and (iii) in the long-term to support the development of long-term old age income strategy for Iraq. PRISTA supports the Government of Iraq through a team of specialists based in multiple countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, U.S.A.). It is distinguished by the following innovative features:
Introduction of a Rapid Results Approach to expedite service delivery;
Utilization of diverse learning and knowledge transfer methods (including local and international training, workshops, on-site training and international learning visits);
Transfer of knowledge through the local language medium; and
Support to important operational activities and strategic reforms in a very difficult post-conflict environment.
PRISTA aims not only to provide support but also to bring direct benefits to the Iraqi people through a much improved pension service delivery program. (more)
Baghdad, May 31, 2011 - The Baghdad Business Community Briefings and Procurement Workshop was conducted during the period May 31 – June 2, 2011 in Baghdad at the Prime Minister Advisory Commission (PMAC) as part of the Bank’s continuous effort in capacity building and promoting fiduciary awareness under the Iraq Trust Fund-- Capacity Building II (CBII). In coordination with PMAC and the Iraqi Contractors’ Union, this workshop is the second sponsored by the World Bank to strengthen the capacity of the Iraqi Private local contracting firms and vendors in procurement of works and goods.
The workshop attended by 24 participants included 20 local participants representing a wide spectrum of local private contracting firms and 3 from the implementing agency and 1 from the EMCS Bank’s fiduciary agent. The workshop was opened on behalf of the Bank by Mr. Ziad Badr, Head of Iraq interim office who introduced the work of the World Bank in Iraq. At the end of the workshop, there was an open discussion session with Yolanda Tayler (MNA – RPM) on the contractors’ challenges and problems in participating and implementing projects financed by the World Bank.
The objective of the workshop aimed to achieve the following objectives: (1) introducing the World Bank Procurement Guidelines and the importance of sound public procurement practices to achieve economy, efficiency, fairness, and transparency; (2) discussing procurement methods for works and goods contracts, and understanding the works bidding document; (3) improving skills in preparation of bids and understanding the procedures for bid submission, evaluation, contract award and discussion; (4) contributing to a business community better educated on the Bank’s efforts against fraud and corruption and the role this community may play in support of those efforts; (5) incentivizing the private community’s participation in Bank-financed contracts; (6) conveying the Bank’s commitment to ensuring level-playing field and transparency during the award and implementation of Bank-financed contracts, (7) Introducing the fundamentals of Financial Management and in depth understanding of Bidders financial qualifications, including; how to read and analyze financial statements, the use of financial ratios and cash flow estimates; and (8) Enhancing bidders’ knowledge of WB disbursement policies and procedures focusing on proper preparation of invoices, and submission of complete supporting documentation.
Beirut, June 9 - 10, 2011 - The third Iraq Country Portfolio Performance Review (CPPR) meeting took place from June 9-10. Its main objectives were to: (i) review general portfolio progress; (ii) highlight and discuss achievements and cross-cutting issues; (iii) develop an outcomes-based, action plan to improve porfolio performance. The CPPR gave special emphasis to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and, following the CPPR, a two-day Monitoring and Evaluation training event was held for Iraqi project managers, and financial and procurement staff working on the portfolio of projects funded by the Iraq Trust Fund.
Baghdad, December 13, 2010 - The Tenth IRFFI Donor Committee meeting hosted by Denmark as Chair of the IRFFI Executive Committee was held in Baghdad on December 12, 2010. The agenda included presentation of the 2010 progress reports of the UNDG ITF and World Bank ITF, a review of the early results of the UNDG ITF Lessons Learned Exercise, and discussion of the terms of reference for the forthcoming independent review of the World Bank ITF. The next Donor Committee Meeting is scheduled to take place in Baghdad in June 2011.
August 2 - 5, 2010 - A Procurement Training Workshop for 22 Government of Iraq officals financed by Second Capacity Building Project was held at the Prime Minister's Advisory Commission office in the International Zone. The workshop is one of a series of workshops designed to strengthen the capacity of the Project Management Teams working under World Bank financed projects as well as to increase the fiduciary awareness and compliance with public procurement.
UNDG ITF 2010 Second Quarter Newsletter - In this 2010 Second Quarter UNDG ITF Newsletter, you can read about UNIDO’s support to Iraqi Entrepreneurs, UN-Habitat’s capacity building activities with the Ministry of Planning, UNICEF and WHO’s support of Iraq’s first National Vaccination Week. (more).
New York, NY - The Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office (MDTF Office), as Administrative Agent for the UNDG Iraq Trust fund, has launched the MDTF Office GATEWAY that provides real-time financial information and data, and relevant programme information, including the quarterly project updates, for the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund as well as other MDTFs administered by the MDTF Office. Please visit the new site to track and find all of the most updated information on the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund.
30 June 2010, Amman, Jordan - The UNDG Iraq Trust Fund’s Steering Committee met to approve the final new projects and joint programmes to be funded with the exception of a final release of funds for electoral programming. It is a historic occasion, because this is the first UN MDTF to fully approve all funding and move toward fund closure. The launching of a follow-up MDTF is planned in the near future that will enable the UN Country Team to build upon the governance structures and UN Country systems in place in support of the Government of Iraq’s priorities as outlined in the Iraq National Development Plan and articulated in the first Iraq UNDAF (2011-14).
Beirut, June 4-5, 2010 - A capacity-building workshop on improving delivery of justice sector services to the poor was held for Iraqi officials. Twenty-six Iraqi officials attended, including government representatives (High Judicial Council, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Displaced Persons and Refugees, Ministry of Interior, Commission for the Resolution of Real Property Disputes, Shura Council, judges from the Personal Status Courts and members of the High Committee for Poverty Reduction) and members of civil society (Iraqi Bar Association, Iraqi Jurists Association, Young Lawyers Association, Women for Progress, Women's Health Organization, Legal & Social Clinic, International Medical Corp, Relief International and the International Institute for the Rule of Law). Discussions focused on three areas: (i) identifying the primary obstacles to delivery of services to the poor; (ii) identifying good international practices that can be of relevance to the Iraqi context; and (iii) developing a strategy to improve services.
Baghdad, 11 May 2010 - The United Nations and Iraq signed today, the first United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Iraq for the period 2011-2014, marking a new strategic partnership between the funds, programmes and agencies of the UN, and the Government of Iraq. (more)
UNDG ITF 2010 First Quarter Newsletter - In this 2010 First Quarter UNDG ITF Newsletter, you can read about Iraq’s submission to the Universal Periodic Review process, FAO’s contributions to food security, ILO and UNOPS work in raising awareness about Disaster Risk Recovery, Iraq’s new NGO law, UNDP and UNODC’s working in Anti-Corruption, and how contributions to the Expanded Humanitarian Response Fund are being used. (more)
Beirut, March 29, 2010 - The World Bank launched an intensive multi-sector capacity building program for Iraqi public sector officials to enhance their knowledge and skills for more effective implementation of development projects. (more)
Beirut, February 15-20, 2010 - The Government of Iraq and the World Bank convened a workshop to mark the formal launch of a Technical Assistance project aimed at providing support to the implementation of Pensions Reform in Iraq. The Pension Reform Implementation Support Technical Assistance (PRISTA) launch was attended by counterparts from the National Board of Pensions, Ministry of Finance, Pension Reform Management Office and the State Pension Fund. (Link to English and Arabic press release).
Washington DC, January 17, 2010 - The World Bank Vice President for Middle East and North Africa Region, Ms. Shamshad Akhtar visited Iraq on January 16 to 19, 2010. The objective of the visit was to advance the strong partnership between Iraq and the World Bank Group. (more)
January 17, 2010 - The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accepted the position of Chair for another year as proposed during the IRFFI Donor Committee meeting in Baghdad on November 8, 2009.
Baghdad, January 10, 2010 - The Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works and Municipalities attended the inauguration of a water project in Samawa, Al Muthana governorate (South Iraq). The project is financed by the Iraq Trust Fund Water Supply, Sanitation, and Urban Rehabilitation Project, and has a total value of US$25.5 million. This is the biggest completed water project in terms of amount and capacity that has been completed in Iraq since the nineties. The Samawa plant was prepared using the latest technology in water treatment and monitoring, the SCADA system, which was installed to monitor water quality for distribution. The project is providing clear drinking water to over 250,000 individuals in Al Muthana area. The Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works is optimistic that this project will be instrumental in addressing obstacles facing the water sector.
Baghdad, November 24, 2009 - Iraq's Council of Ministers approved the National Strategy for Poverty Reduction in Iraq for 2010-2014. The ITF financed data collection and analysis, and technical assistance through the Household Survey and Policies for Poverty Reduction Project to help the High Committee for Poverty Reduction prepare the strategy. (Link to press release)
Baghdad, November 8, 2009 - Ninth IRFFI Donor Committee - The Ninth meeting of the IRFFI Donor Committee, hosted by Denmark, took place in Baghdad, Iraq, on 8 November 2009. The World Bank and United Nations presented their progress updates and progress toward fund closure. A number of important decisions were taken. (more).
UNDG ITF 2009 Third Quarter Newsletter - The newsletter contains an update on the Kurdish Regional Government elections, appointment of the new DSRSG for Iraq and several articles regarding the UNDG ITF activities during the third quarter 2009. (more).
New York, October 2, 2009 - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christine McNab of Sweden as his Deputy Special Representative for Iraq. Ms. McNab will head the Development and Humanitarian Support component of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Ms. McNab will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. (Link to press release).
Amman, June 25-26, 2009 - The World Bank sponsored a workshop on June 25-26, to discuss reform of the Iraqi food ration system (PDS). The workshop, which was financed by the Household Survey and Policies for Poverty Reduction Project and the World Bank, provided Iraqi decision makers with information about: (i) the characteristics of the poor in Iraq based on the analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy High Committee; (ii) international experience with safety net reform, including presentations by experts from India, Indonesia and Egypt, and the World Food Program. As a follow up to the workshop, the Iraqi delegation proposed the formation of a High Level Committee for PDS Reform, and drafted Terms of Reference for technical subcommittees. The delegation recommended that the next steps focus on three aspects of reform: (i) targeting the ration to the poor; (ii) decentralizing PDS management; and (iii) modifying the basket of goods to emphasize domestically produced products.
New York, June 18, 2009 - The United Nations Country Team Sectors have recently completed a mapping exercise that highlights the location of all UNDG ITF projects at the district level for each of the nine sectors (Education, Water & Sanitation, Health & Nutrition, Housing & Shelter, Agriculture and Food Assistance, Protection, Governance, and Economic Reform & Diversification. (Link to Sector Reports & Maps).
Amman, May 28, 2009 - The National Social Safety Nets (SSN) Information System launched on May 28, was attended by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, USAID and World Bank staff. The new information system will link the three main SSN centers in Baghdad, and uses internal controls that ensure accurate identification, registration and verification of recipients, and appropriate tracking of beneficiary records and payments. The event is a major milestone as for the first time the system was used to register beneficiaries and to issue SSN card. The World Bank Iraq Trust Fund (ITF) Emergency Social Protection Project financed the supply and installation of equipment and training for the staff who will operate the system. The ITF will continue providing support for system development and maintenance, equipping the SSN sites and providing training, while the USAID will continue to support the deployment of the information system nationwide.
Washington, May 26, 2009 - The seventeen donors contributing to the World Bank Iraq Trust Fund (ITF) have signed amendments to the donor agreements to align the terms and conditions of the ITF with the revised IRFFI Terms of Reference and extend the termination date of the ITF to December 31, 2013. The amended donor agreements became effective on May 26, 2009.
New York, May 19, 2009 - The Ninth Progress Report on Activities Implemented Under the United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF) of the international Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI) for the period ending 31 December 2009 is now available.
Amman, May 12, 2009 - A one-day training workshop on Project Management was held for Project Directors working on Iraq Trust Fund (ITF) and World Bank financed projects. The workshop delivered in collaboration with International Training Center of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO) and financed by the ITF Second Capacity Building Project, was attended by 24 senior government officials and staff from Iraq Fiduciary Monitoring Agent. The course is based on internationally-recognized project management standards and provides practical guidance for implementing effective project control and reporting mechanisms. (more)
Amman, May 5-9, 2009 – The World Bank Procurement and Financial Management teams, in collaboration with the Loan and Institutional Integrity Departments, conducted a Joint Workshop on Procurement, Financial Management, and Disbursement Training for Beginners (May 5-9) in Amman, Jordan. The workshop aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Project Management Teams that are implementing Iraq Trust Fund and World Bank financed projects. The workshop included sessions on Procurement and Contract Management, Financial Management and Disbursement, as well as joint sessions covering World Bank Guidelines for procurement, financial management and disbursement, and anti-corruption. Fifty Iraqi officials from 12 different institutions, including a broad range of central and KRG line ministries, as well as the Central Bank and Bureau of Supreme Audit, participated in the workshop. (more)
Amman, April 2009 - Signing of the new Banking Sector Reform Project (US$ 10 million) was attended by Iraqi Officials from the Central Bank, Ministry of Finance, the Board of Supreme Audits, staff from the US Treasury and the IMF. The grant was signed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ahmad Juboori who delivered a speech thanking the World Bank for its support in the banking sector reform program. (more)
UNDG ITF 2009 First Quarter Newsletter - The newsletter contains an update on the Eighth IRFFI Donor Meeting, results of the Multi-Donor Stock Taking Review and several articles regarding the UNDG ITF activities during the first quarter 2009. (more)
Baghdad/Erbil/Amman, 1 April 2009 - The United Nations welcomed an independent report released last week which shows UN reconstruction projects in Iraq have made a "real and meaningful" impact on the country's recovery. (more)
Amman, February 22-25, 2009 - A joint workshop on Civil Service Reform, Kurdistan Regional Government funded by the Second Capacity Building Project was held in Amman for Senior federal and KRG officials. The objectives of the workshop were to: (i) assist the KRG define its priorities for achieving improved public administration and civil service management based on international best practices; and (ii) build capacity of counterpart agencies. The workshop presented international and regional experiences in civil service reform, including the specific case of Yemen. Participants discussed key challenges and identified priority reform activities. (More)
February 18, 2009 - The Eighth IRFFI Donor Committee Meeting was held in Naples, Italy on February 18, 2009. The meeting Co-chaired by Italy and Iraq focussed on implementation of IRFFI programmes and Multi-donor Stocktaking review. (more)
Amman, Jordan - January 25, 2009 - Household Survey and Policies for Poverty Reduction Project - The Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation of Iraq unveiled today the Tabulation Report of a Socio-Economic Survey that will ultimately help shape a comprehensive policy to reverse the social and economic misfortunes of a country that once pioneered development in the Middle East.
The Tabulation Report, launched at a news conference in Amman, is the first component of the three-phased Household Survey and Policies for Poverty Reduction (HSPPR) project, which was began in 2005 through a technical and organizational partnership with the World Bank. The tabulation report provides the data that will be used to identify the causes of poverty. The HSPPR project is being guided by the Poverty Reduction Strategy High Committee – a group of highly committed representatives from various line ministries spanning social and economic sectors, and including members of Parliament, representatives from the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Prime Minister’s Office and Iraqi academia. (more)
October 16-20, 2008 - Household Survey and Policies for Poverty Reduction Project - The Iraq High Committee for Poverty Reduction Strategies met with representatives of the World Bank. The High Committee includes representatives from six national ministries, two KRG ministries, the Prime Minister's Office, Parliament, and academia. During the workshop sub-committees presented draft papers on 6 thematic topics including income, labor force, safety nets, health, education and gender. The High Committee also worked to agree on an official poverty line for Iraq. World Bank staff from several sector units and a representative from ESCWA also participated in the discussions.
The workshop was part of the Household Survey and Policies for Poverty Reduction project, funded by the ITF. The HSPR project has three components: (i) the first nation-wide income and expenditure survey since 1988; (ii) an analytical report on poverty; and (iii) a Poverty Reduction Strategy, developed by the High Committee. A tabulation report from the survey will be released in the coming month. The analytical report on poverty is expected in the spring of 2009. The Poverty Reduction Strategy is expected by summer 2009.
IRFFI Donor Committee Members - Two representatives of donors that have contributed less than the $10 million threshold to become members of the Donor Committee, are selected by the Donor Committee on a rotating basis. Currently, small donors are represented by Greece, and the second position remains vacant. In addition, the World Bank, UNDG, IMF and the Iraqi Strategic Review Board are observers.
Switzerland, August 18, 2008 - Capacity Building II Project. The World Bank, in collaboration with the Swiss Government and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) organized this workshop for members of the Iraqi Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) and senior justice sector officials. The objectives of the workshop were: (i) to engage the CRC members and justice sector officials in discussion and dialogue with international experts on the two topics; and (ii) expose them to the Swiss experience (on the two topics) as well as to demonstrate other comparative experiences by leading experts from different regions and countries. (more)
July 15, 2008 - Regional Health Emergency Response Project (US$ 8.7 million) became effective on June 30, 2008. The objective of the project is to assist the Kurdistan Regional Government to build capacity in the establishment of rapid, coordinated and effective response services to health emergencies resulting from acts of violence, accidents, or natural disasters. Project launch was held July 15-17 in Aqaba, Jordan. The workshop provided the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Health representatives, UNOPS (Implementing Agent) staff, and the World Bank to plan the first six months of implementation in detail. The Bank also conducted training for project staff in Bank policies and procedures, including procurement, financial management, environmental safeguards, and monitoring and evaluation.
UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Third Quarterly Newsletter (July - September 2008) - The Newsletter contains highlights of the Government of Iraq and UN cooperation agreement, Donor Committee updates and other features and financial updates. (more)
July 7, 2008 - The Seventh IRFFI Donor Committee Meeting hosted by the Government Iraq was held in Baghdad on July 7, 2008. The meeting Co-chaired by Iraq and Italy, aimed to review the Iraq Trust Fund administered by the World Bank and the United Nations. The meeting provided an opportunity to launch discussion on the future of IRFFI and multilateral trust funds in Iraq, and to examine additional concrete steps to further align IRFFI with ICI. (more)
May, 2008 - Emergency Community Infrastructure Rehabilitation (Additional Financing US$ 26 million) The Project was launched on May 24. Bidding documents for civil works and equipment/goods have been prepared and are ready for tendering.
May, 2008 - The Government of Iraq will present its First Annual Review of the International Compact with Iraq, at a conference hosted by the Swedish Government in Stockholm on May 29, 2008. The Review will outline Iraq's progress against the Compact benchmarks during 2007-2008. The Annual Review was produced by the Government Iraq with technical assistance from the United Nations and input from key international partners. (more)
April 1-9, 2008 - Financed by Second Capacity Building Project, and supporting the work of the Household Survey and Policies for Poverty reduction Project, a "Strategic Planning: How to Use Available Iraq Data to Develop a PRSP" workshop was held for members of the High Committee for Poverty Reduction Strategie group comprising of Director General representatives from Prime Minister's Office, Ministries of Health, Finance, Education, Planning, Trade, Labor, Women's affairs, the KRG and two Iraqi Universities. The objective of the workshop was to train committee members to: (i) learn how PRSP Committees organize their work, (ii) develop a plan for the Iraq Strategy; and (iii) learn type of data available in Iraq and how that data can be used in the development of a strategy. The workshop provided a total of 80 person-days of training. A follow-up workshop is planned for June 2008.
UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Quarterly Newsletter (January to March 2008). This issue includes some highlights of UNDG ITF operations including the current status of closed projects and project monitoring activities. As of 31 December 2007, the Participating UN Organizations have legally committed $85 million (77%) and disbursed $737 (66%) of total approved projects amounting to US$1.111 million. (more)
Amman, January 27, 2008 - A World Bank Social Protection team from the Middle East and North Africa Region visited Amman, Jordan, during the period January 27 – February 6, 2008 to undertake a workshop on Iraq’s implementation of pension reforms. The objectives of the workshop were (i) to develop a medium-term action plan for implementation of pension reforms in Iraq; (ii) to identify areas in which the Bank can provide support in this area; and (iii) to undertake initial capacity building.e Deputy Minister for Education, the Governor of Anbar and the Anbar Director General attended the official opening of two new schools financed by the World Bank Iraq Trust Fund. (more)
Amman, January 6, 2008 - A joint Procurement, Financial management and Disbursement Workshop was held from January 6-10. 2008, as part of the Iraq Public Procurement System Reform Project financed under the Iraq Trust Fund--Capacity Building II project and in coordination with the Iraqi Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation. (more)
December 2007 - The Deputy Minister for Education, the Governor of Anbar and the Anbar Director General attended the official opening of two new schools financed by the World Bank Iraq Trust Fund. (more)
December 2007 - The Public Distribution System (PDS) is the large-scale food ration system that was introduced during UN sanctions and was later supplemented under the Oil for Food Program. The PDS, while effective in reaching the poor and maintaining a minimum standard of living, does so in a very costly and inefficient way. (more)
December 13, 2007 - The World Bank and the European Commission signed an agreement for additional contribution to the Iraq Trust Fund (ITF) for Euro 20 million to support Public Finance Management Reform.
Bari, Italy - October 28 - 29, 2007 - The Sixth IRFFI Donor Committee Meeting was hosted by the Government of Italy in Bari, on October 29, 2007. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Iraq Trust Fund administered by the World Bank and the United Nations, and update the governance structures of IRFFI as requested at the Istanbul Donor Committee Meeting (March 2007). The Donor Committee adopted a revised Terms of Reference for IRFFI to help ensure full Iraqi ownership in setting policy directions and priorities, and that projects financed by IRFFI are closely aligned with Iraq's National Development Strategy and the Compact. Background materials, including the UN and WB progress reports, revised Terms of Reference for IRFFI, and other presentations are available. (more)
UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Newsletter (October 2007). This issue includes some highlights of UNDG ITF operations with a special segment on employment promotion in Iraq. As of end October 2007, the implementing UN agencies have legally committed $796 million (74%) and disbursed $684 (63%) of total approved projects amounting to US$1.079 million. (more)
Washington, October 23, 2007 - The World Bank and the Government of the Republic of Korea signed an agreement for additional contribution to the Iraq Trust Fund (ITF) for US$5 million to support infrastructure development and employment creation activities. Total commitment from Korea to the ITF now stands at US$9 million.
Washington, October 2007 - The IRFFI Facility Coordination Committee met with the Co-Chairs of the IRFFI Donor Committee in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2007. Dr. Faik Abdul Rasool represented Dr. Ali Baban, the Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation (MoPDC) at the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to review the final consultant's report on the Terms of Reference (TOR) for IRFFI, and to propose specific changes to be made to the IRFFI TOR document.
The Co-Chairs of the Donor Committee and the IRFFI FCC agreed that the consultant's report achieved the three key objectives requested by the Donor Committee in Istanbul, and suggested recommendations to: (i) ensure a strong Iraqi ownership and leadership of IRFFI; (ii) promote clear alignment of the IRFFI with Iraqi priorities as articulated in the National Development Strategy (NDS) and the International Compact with Iraq (ICI); and (iii) clarify and streamline the various components of the IRFFI governance structure. The participants proposed specific changes to the IRFFI TOR, in line with the recommendations of the consultant's report.
Subsequently, an informal donor briefing was held at the UN in New York on October 11, 2007, to exchange of views on the proposed changes to the IRFFI TOR, in preparation for the IRFFI Donor Committee Meeting to be held October 29, 2007, in Bari, Italy. The documents were then circulated to donors electronically with a request to provide comments by October 18, 2007.Representatives of the Government of Iraq, the Government of Italy, the United Nations, and the World Bank met to discuss proposed revisions to the IRFFI Terms of Reference following a review undertaken by Scanteam. As a next step, participants agreed to transmit the revised Terms of Reference to members.
United Nations and World Bank Facility Coordination Committee Meets with Co-Chairs of the IRFFI Donor Committee to Discuss Revisions to the IRFFI Terms of Reference.
Baghdad, July 31, 2007 -Representatives of the Government of Iraq, the Government of Italy, the United Nations, and the World Bank met to discuss proposed revisions to the IRFFI Terms of Reference following a review undertaken by Scanteam. As a next step, participants agreed to transmit the revised Terms of Reference to members of the Donor Committee for their review and comment by September 10. The next IRFFI Donor Committee meeting is scheduled to take place in Bari, Italy on October 30, 2007, preceded by a meeting of the International Reconstruction Forum (IRFO) on October 29, 2007.
Baghdad, July 29, 2007 - The Iraqi Council of Representatives approved four IDA loans for following projects: Emergency Electricity Rehabilitation (US$124 million); Emergency Hydropower Plants for Dokan and Derbandikhan (US$40 million); Emergency Road Rehabilitation (US$135 million); and Emergency Education (US$100 million). (more)
Baghdad, July 7, 2007 - The World Bank, in collaboration with the Government of Iraq, and other international partners launched the first of a series of workshops on public finance management. The workshops will provide the basis for the Public Expenditure Institutional Assessment (PEIA), which will be the Bank’s flagship economic and sector work for 2007. (more)
UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Newsletter (June 2007). This issue includes some highlights of UNDG ITF operations and outcomes of the Results Based Reporting workshops for Clusters, held in Amman. As of end June 2007, the implementing UN agencies have legally committed $765 million (74%) and disbursed $648 million (63%) of total approved projects amounting to $1,031 million. (more)
Washington, June 30, 2007 - The World Bank Operations in Iraq Summary outlines contributions and implementation progress. (more)
Amman, June 17-18, 2007-Joint Iraq/Jordan independent external auditors’ capacity building workshop. The World Bank launched a regional auditor's capacity strengthening program aiming at sharing WB’s policies and procedures as well as useful tools to help the auditors of the WB's financed projects deliver high quality reports. (more)
UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Newsletter (May 2007). This issue features highlights from the UNDG ITF Six-month Progress Report covering the period from 1 July - 31 December, 2007 and important events reported by Agencies. As of end May 2007, the implementing UN agencies have legally committed $714 million (72%) and disbursed $634 million (62%) of total approved projects amounting to $1,028 million. (more)
June 5, 2007 - UNDG ITF Fifth Progress Report. The Fifth Six-month Progress report provides information on the continuing progress of United Nations multisectoral operations in Iraq for the period from 1 July to 30 December 2006. (more)
Washington, June 5, 2007 - Alert on false bidding documents. Please be advised that we have been notified of the circulation of a World Bank bidding document for the purchase of procurement of pharmaceutical products financed by a World Bank loan to the IAMB (International Advisory and Monitoring Board on Iraq). (more)
27 April 2007 - Greece joins IRFFI Donor Committee as a rotating member. Following the accession of Turkey to full membership, 21 countries are member of the Committee. (List of countries)
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2007 – The WB Supports Electricity Rehabilitation in Iraq. The Government of Iraq, represented by Minister of Finance Dr. Bayan Jabr and the WB, represented by Daniela Gressani, Regional Vice president for MENA, signed a credit agreement today to finance the US$124 million Emergency Electricity Reconstruction Project. The total cost of the project is estimated at US$150 million including US$6 million from the WB ITF. (Signing Ceremony;WB Board Approval)
UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Newsletter (March 2007). This issue features highlights of the IRFFI donor committee meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey on 19-20 March, 2007, and the multi-donor stocktaking review of IRFFI. As of end March, the implementing UN agencies have legally committed $716 million (74%) and disbursed $612 million (63%) of total approved projects amounting to $974 million. (more)
Contract Scam Alert, March 26, 2007 - The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Iraq Trust Fund(ITF) is currently aware of fictitious communication, including electronic mail, letters, fax messages, purporting to award contracts for the supply of goods on behalf of UNDG Iraq Trust Fund (ITF) (more)
March 21, 2007 - Canada is committing to the ITF an additional CND$ 5 million ($ 4.4 million). Canada's total commitments to IRFFI stand now at CND$ 110 million.
ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 20, 2007—IRFFI Moves Forward Following Productive Donor Committee Meeting. (Press Release) ; (Arabic بيان صحفي)
The Fifth IRFFI Donor Committee meeting, hosted by the government of Turkey, will be held in Istanbul March 20. (More)
UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Newsletter (February 2007). This issue features examples of implementation modalities including monitoring and evaluation mechanisms from WHO, Cluster F (Refugees, IDPs and Durable Solutions) and UNICEF. As of end February 2007, the implementing UN agencies have legally committed $704 million (78%) and disbursed $599 million (66%) of total approved projects amounting to $904 million.(more)
February 18, 2007. One-third of Iraqis live in poverty, UNDP-backed study finds. From a thriving middle income economy in the 1970's and 1980's, one third of today's Iraqi population lives in poverty with more than 5 per cent living in extreme poverty. The study was prepared by the Iraqi Central Organization for Statistics and Information Technology with the support of UNDP. (executive summary)
Geneva, Jan. 8, 2007 - The UN Refugee Agency launched a new appeal for Iraq operations (more)
Washington, December 21, 2006 - The World Bank and Iraq’s Ministry of Environment have signed a $5 million grant agreement to strengthen environmental management capacity. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Environment. (more)
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