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…
NCCI conducted the second capacity building workshop this year for its Field Coordination Network (FCN). 21 NNGO Focal Points from 16 governorates attended the workshop which was held between 25 and 27 July in Erbil. In the first day, the FPs were introduced to the several types of coordination bodies which work on global, strategic and operational coordination. The attendants were also trained on how to organize coordination events and meetings. The second day focused on information management and reporting skills. During the last day, the network developed its new six months work plan. The participants also voted on the new organizational internal document, including the election of a new administrative body for the network. NCCI will continue to look…
03 Aug 2015

Expanding Operations in Erbil

Monday, 03 August 2015
In light of the dwindling need for coordination activities in Amman and the demand to step up coordination efforts in Iraq, the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) recently closed its office in Amman. NCCI’s staff in Amman – including the communication manager, general administrator and IT manager – will from now on be based in Erbil. In addition to the move of NCCI’s activities from Amman to Erbil, NCCI also recruited a new coordinator for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The KRI coordinator is based in Erbil and will focus on engaging local NGOs in the broader humanitarian framework in Iraq. The participation of local NGOs is a crucial part of the humanitarian relief effort in Iraq, but…
22 Jul 2015

Closing the Amman Office

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
As of this week NCCI’s Amman office will be closed. For years NCCI’s Amman office functioned as one of the pillars of NCCI’s coordination activities. When sectarian violence swept Iraq and many international NGOs left the country, the office in Amman played a crucial role in coordinating the activities of these remotely operating organizations with the humanitarian response in the field. The Amman office also connected the Iraq response with other regional coordinating bodies and donors operating in Jordan. NCCI’s communication and administrative and financial management departments were also located in Amman. In recent years however many international NGOs returned to Iraq. As the humanitarian crisis in Iraq escalated in the summer of 2014, a lot of NGOs also set…
14 Jul 2015
The advocacy working group (AWG) is one of NCCI’s thematic working groups and was created in November 2014 as part of NCCI’s objective to create the enabling environment for NGOs to advocate for the rights and needs of people in Iraq. To improve the functioning of the AWG and bring it in line with members’ expectations, it was decided to review the working of the group. As part of this review process the AWG convened at NCCI’s Erbil office on 9 July. Five NGO’s participated in the meeting, which started with a review of the goals and operating procedures of the AWG. Also discussed were the terms of reference for the advocacy coordinator, who will be recruited to facilitate the…
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