On the 13th of April NCCI held its yearly General Assembly. One of the issues raised during the General Assembly was the lack of engagement of local NGOs with NCCI. In an attempt to find out the reasons of the disconnection between NCCI and its local members and find a way to improve the engagement of local organizations, representatives from NCCI’s Executive Board and its local members held a meeting on the 15th of May.
The meeting took place at NCCI’s Erbil office and was chaired by the local NGOs on NCCI’s Executive Board, which are the Al-Mortaqa Foundation, the United Iraqi Medical Society for Relief and Development (UIMS) and the Women Rehabilitation Organization (WRO).
The Board members opened the meeting with a short introduction about their organizations and activities. Then the attendees raised a number of issues related to NNGOs and NCCI and coordination in general, including the lack of coordination among local NGOs themselves, the limited understanding of the importance of coordination among local NGOs and barriers hindering NNGO engagement with NCCI and the Executive Board. To resolve these issues the Board members at the meeting suggested they could represent NCCI’s local members at Board meetings and explain the functions and role of the Board members. To improve coordination among local NGOs the attendees also agreed upon creating a coordination group specifically for NCCI’s local members and share contact information among themselves. Finally NCCI presented an overview of the proceedings of its media and communications working group, enquiring about the need for a training for local NGOs on ethical reporting and media outreach.