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…
NCCI’s Field Coordination Network (FCN) is a group of 25 local NGO partners who act as Focal Points (FP) in all of Iraq’s 18 governorates. The Focal Points provide a structure in the field that regularly provides information updates on humanitarian and development issues, and supports the field coordination efforts to ensure an all of Iraq approach. Currently NCCI is conducting a review of the Field Coordination Network. As part of this review, NCCI is holding regional meetings with the focal points in northern, central and southern Iraq. The meeting for northern Iraq, the last of the three planned meetings, was held on the 30th of June in NCCI’s Erbil office. The participants included focal points from national NGOs operating…
29 Jun 2015

Optimizing The NCCI Website

Monday, 29 June 2015
Sharing information between stakeholders is one of the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq’s (NCCI) key strategic objectives, and the NCCI website is a crucial resource used to achieve this objective. As NCCI continuously aims to improve its services and communication strategy, we have recently launched an Arabic Facebook page (next to the English one) ,  and enhanced the structure and responsiveness of the website. Working in a country like Iraq, where internet connections are not always of good quality, we have decided to move our online system to a cloud hosting, which is based on the most innovative Cloud computing technologies. The cloud technology allows easy integration of extra resources, such as space or RAM and thus enable website growth,…
22 Jun 2015
As part of its efforts to coordinate NGO operations in Iraq, the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) organizes monthly general coordination meetings in both Baghdad and Erbil. On 16th of June NCCI hosted a general coordination meeting in its office in Baghdad. The participants included twelve national and international NGOs, as well as representatives from UNAMI, OCHA, UNHCR and IOM. Two Iraqi NGOs provided a brief on returnees’ locations, numbers, needs, and challenges in the governorate of Diyala. Another local NGO presented an update on the situation of IDPs in the governorate of Anbar. Detailed notes from both briefings and the general minutes of the meeting can be found on the members’ area of NCCI’s website. In order to…
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