02 Jun 2015

Building the Capacity of Iraqi NGOs

In 2015, the IDP crisis in Iraq is becoming even more complicated due to new waves of displacement, and secondary or tertiary displacements to locations that are more secure, and where more services are provided. The most recent example is the displacement wave from Anbar to several provinces, especially Baghdad.

Several national NGOs are active in Baghdad, and try to provide increasing aid to these displaced persons, even though their resources are limited and their capacities are stretched. NCCI supports these local NGOs through coordination and information sharing with international actors and by building their capacities.

Driven by its mandate NCCI, in partnership with UNICEF, started a project in which 10 NNGOs from Baghdad and Anbar will be trained to be active partners and focal points for UNICEF. These NNGOs will be supported to improve the information sharing and coordination in the field, in addition to enhancing their technical abilities in the relevant sectors of UNICEF’s humanitarian response, such as: WASH, Child Protection and Education.

As part of this project NCCI organized a first capacity building workshop on 25-27 May 2015 in its office in Baghdad. During the workshop, 20 staff members of ten NNGOs were trained on how to conduct rapid needs assessments and how to execute hygiene promotion activities. They were also introduced to the communication for development idea (C4D).

The workshop concluded with the development of a 6 week work plan, during which the NNGOs will work in pairs in the field in their agreed areas of responsibility. Their duties will include: daily assessments and information sharing, executing several hygiene promotion activities and organizing and participating in field coordination meetings.
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