In January 2016, NCCI organized three regional meetings for its Field Coordination Network (FCN). The meetings took place in Basra on 8 January 2016, in Erbil on 14 January 2016 and in Baghdad on 21 January 2016. During the meetings the FCN’s focal points (FP), who are representatives from local NGOs, discussed the quality of their field reports and ways to improve and streamline the information flow from the field. The participants also discussed their capacity building needs and nominated the training themes that they would like NCCI to build their capacities in during the next workshop, which is planned for March 2016.
NCCI re-activated the FCN in January 2015 responding to the increased needs for better coordination and information sharing in the field. Through this FCN, NCCI supports 24 local NGOs from all 18 Iraqi governorates. Following its mandate and strategic objectives NCCI strengthens the capacity of FCN NGOs in a number of relevant fields.
In December 2015, the FCN produced a report summarizing its activities between February and November 2015. The report indicated that the FCN has shared more than 385 field reports from the whole country. These field reports have fed information into more than 39 humanitarian reports published by NCCI and shared with more than 600 contacts from member NGOs, other international NGOs, clusters, UN agencies and donor agencies. The FPs also participated in field coordination events organized by NCCI, in addition to meetings convened OCHA and the clusters in central and northern Iraq. The FPs also supported NCCI with responding to information requests and assisted with linking local NGOs in their areas to international NGOs and UN agencies. The FPs’ work is 100% voluntary.