24 Nov 2015
As part of its advocacy efforts the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) organized an advocacy event in Geneva titled “Durable Solutions for Displaced People in Iraq: Setting a Framework in a Protracted Crisis.” The event took place on 26 October at the Swiss Mission to the UN in Geneva and was organized in cooperation with NRC, IRC, Oxfam, PAX and Save the Children with support of SDC. The event is timely given the increasing number of IDP returns being seen in Iraq and the discussions currently taking place between all actors engaged in the humanitarian response to ensure displaced Iraqis can pursue options for their futures which are well informed, voluntary and dignified. The event consisted of two panel…
11 Nov 2015

Updates from Erbil

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
On the 4th of November NCCI organized a general coordination meeting at its office in Erbil. General coordination meetings are organized monthly in both NCCI’s Erbil and Baghdad office and are designed as a meeting space for NGOs to coordinate their operations and share relevant information. The meeting started with an introduction on the IDP call center, which is organized by UNOPS and serves as a communication channel between IDPs, UN agencies and NGOs. IDPs can call the center with questions about humanitarian aid distribution. The center keeps track of these questions and possible complaints and relays them to the relevant UN agencies or NGOs, increasing the accountability of humanitarian actors towards their beneficiaries. Next a brief update on NCCI’s…
03 Nov 2015
The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) aims to coordinate NGO action throughout all of Iraq. In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) NCCI however only has one office, which is located in Erbil. To better serve its members in all governorates of the KRI and reach out to NGOs who are currently not members NCCI organized a number of meetings in Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah throughout the month of October. In Sulaymaniyah NCCI met ten local and international NGOs to discuss the situation regarding NGO coordination in the governorate and NCCI’s services there. Issues raised by the attendants included the limited humanitarian coordination structure in Sulaymaniyah and the need to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs. As a lot of…
27 Oct 2015

A New Office in Erbil

Tuesday, 27 October 2015
During the past few months the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) expanded its activities in Erbil and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. With new staff coming in NCCI increased the number of meetings and other operations taking place in Erbil and the KRI. At the same time NCCI’s cooperation with OCHA and the clusters intensified. Giving this increasing number of activities and staff members, NCCI’s old office in Erbil was becoming too small, which is why NCCI decided to move to a bigger office. NCCI’s new Erbil office is located in Ainkawa and has plenty of space to host the growing number of staff and participants who attend meetings and workshops. The new office is located near the old…
19 Oct 2015
One of NCCI’s regular activities is organizing monthly general coordination meetings, which aim to improve information sharing and cooperation between NGOs operating in Iraq. On the 13th of October NCCI organized a joint general coordination meeting together with OCHA in NCCI’s Baghdad office. Representatives from 24 local and international NGOs together with a delegation from OCHA and IOM participated in the meeting. The meeting started with a presentation by OCHA on the civilian-military deconflicting mechanism, which aims to avoid humanitarian actors being targeted by military forces operating in Iraq. Secondly the attendants briefed each other on a number of current humanitarian issues in Iraq. The topics included the response to the cholera outbreak, expected new displacement following fighting in Ramadi…
11 Oct 2015
In October the second phase of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2016 will commence. After concluding the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) in September, the clusters will now start with defining the key elements of the cluster strategies. Based on these cluster strategies NGOs and other humanitarian partners will then develop their HRP projects, which will be uploaded using the Online Project System (OPS). The OPS will open on 14 October, with 26 October as the deadline for uploading projects. The OPS is an online database containing projects which are part of a humanitarian response in a major crisis like the current situation in Iraq. The OPS aims to coordinate the humanitarian response by collecting the projects of humanitarian actors…
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