On the 30th of September a high-level side meeting on Iraq was held as a side event of the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. This side-event was co-convened by the government of the United States of America, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and UN OCHA in New York. NCCI’s Advocacy Working Group prepared the brief which was included in the briefing pack of the event. As Iraq is the sole country in the world dealing with two emergencies classified as L3 by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), this briefing note attempted to draw more attention to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq which is too often forgotten in light of the security crisis raging in the country. The briefing…
21 Sep 2015

Introducing the HRP to Local NGOs

Monday, 21 September 2015
In early September the timeline for the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2016 was presented by the Humanitarian Coordinator. The HRP is a strategic plan that will guide the humanitarian response in Iraq for the year of 2016 and also acts as a tool to mobilize resources and funding for humanitarian operations in the country. The first phase of the HRP is the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), which is being executed through the cluster system and will be finished by the end of September. The HNO aims to assess the expected needs for the coming year to inform the drafting of the HRP, which will start in early October with defining the strategic guidelines and cluster strategies. Throughout October NGOs…
08 Sep 2015
The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) is the primary coordination body for NGOs operating in Iraq. NCCI however is only one element of the overall humanitarian coordination structure, which includes OCHA, other UN agencies the cluster system and the central government and the Kurdish regional government. As the coordination structure is going through a number of changes, NCCI has been supporting this evolution to a more efficient system adapted to the situation in the field. On the 27th of August NCCI hosted a meeting between NGOs and Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) Lise Grande. During the meeting the HC addressed a number of concerns raised by NGOs on the reformed coordination structure and the relocation of it to Baghdad. Other subjects…
01 Sep 2015
As the humanitarian situation in Iraq rapidly changes, the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) regularly organizes meetings to share information between its members and the other humanitarian actors in the country. On the 25th of August NCCI held a meeting at its Erbil office with nine, mostly local NGOs attending. At the meeting the local NGOs described the challenges emerging in liberated areas in Ninewa and Kirkuk like revenge attacks, sectarian and ethnic polarization, unsafety and damaged infrastructure and property. The attendants also put forward a number of recommendations to enable a safe return of IDPs to these areas. These recommendations included documenting events of genocide and persecution and increasing the awareness of both the population and government officials…
24 Aug 2015
Coordinating NGO operations is the core mission of the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI). This mission includes coordination between NGOs and other humanitarian actors such as UN agencies and donors, but also encompasses liaising between NGOs and government. To ensure an effective humanitarian response, coordination and cooperation between NGOs and the government is crucial, but in crisis situations such as now this cooperation is often hindered by rapidly changing circumstances and communication gaps. During the past two weeks NCCI supported the Directorate of NGOs (DNGO), the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) and the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in their attempts to increase communication between NGOs and the regional government in the Kurdistan Region of…
11 Aug 2015
The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) organizes monthly general coordination meetings in its offices in Baghdad and Erbil. These meetings aim to reinforce cooperation and information sharing between NGOs and other humanitarian actors in the country. On the 3rd of August 13 local and international NGOs convened in NCC’s Baghdad office, discussing the latest developments in visa legislation and visa related problems. Then a local NGO briefed the attendants on the problems faced by returnees in Diyala, which include limited public services like water and electricity, destroyed houses, a lack of cash and food and ongoing clashes. Another local NGO gave an update on the situation in southern Iraq, a region which receives less international attention but is nonetheless…
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