On Sunday November 9th a meeting between thirteen international NGOs and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) took place in NCCI’s Erbil office. OCHA reached out to the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq to facilitate a meeting with its members to discuss what improvement NGOs would like to see in coordination processes/activities in Iraq. As the humanitarian situation in Iraq evolved quickly over the past few months, there is an urgent need to review the coordination mechanisms in place in Iraq. This review will be conducted by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to ensure a proper implementation of the Strategic Response Plan (SRP). During Sunday’s meeting,OCHA requested feedback from NGOs on the proposed review…
In response to key points raised at the NCCI General Assembly meeting in March 2014 it was decided to review NCCI’s strategic approach together with its members. As part of this plan, member organizations were asked to fill in a survey to identify strongpoints and possible shortcomings in NCCI’s current strategy and role. The goal of this survey was the development of a detailed observation of NCCI’s current position within its mandate as a national forum in Iraq for NGO coordination, joint advocacy and information sharing. The identification of both strengths and weaknesses of NCCI’s current approach, combined with expected upcoming issues inside Iraq will be used to assess and plan NCCI’s future strategic role. The 20-questions survey, of which…
The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) organizes monthly meetings in order to coordinate and share information on issues pertaining to NGOs in the current emergency. The last meeting took place on Thursday October 30th in the NCCI office in Erbil and was attended by 24 national and international NGOs. These NGOs discussed issues related to enhancing cooperation between different humanitarian actors in Iraq in the fields of security, advocacy and administration. In this framework the International NGO Safety Organization (INSO) provided the attendees with a brief on the scope of their operations in Iraq and their available services for NGOs. Following on this presentation, NGOs sought for ways to overcome common administrative issues, such as visa restrictions, which will…
To address NGOs’ coordination needs in relation to administrative and HR concerns, NCCI is soon to coordinate the first of a series of meetings to bring HR representatives together in order to discuss common problems and concerns. Such meetings are of particular interest to the various new NGOs that are setting up operations in Iraq at the moment. Alongside the regular monthly coordination meeting, NCCI is to convene its second national NGO general coordination meeting in Erbil to further coordinate and share information on issues pertaining to national NGOs in the current emergency. Within the framework of improving coordination, the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) also attended a meeting alongside John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at OCHA,…
21 Oct 2014
On Thursday 16th October, NCCI organized a coordination meeting which was held at IRC’s Baghdad office and was attended by representatives from the IRC, Mercy Corps, Islamic Relief and PU-AMI. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss coordination needs in Baghdad, including ongoing access and security issues in light of the current emergency situation, along with information sharing mechanisms such as 3W and NGO mappings, referral systems and other important areas. NCCI hosts a wide variety of assets and capacities to enable efficient information sharing and NGO coordination, and recently produced an emergency report regarding the humanitarian situation in Heet (Anbar), which continues to be of concern to the collective NGO community inside Iraq. Participants in this meeting discussed…
Within the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq’s mandate for coordination, the enabling of a free flow of information is vitally important. It is particularly relevant in light of the current humanitarian situation in Iraq, which is changing rapidly. Therefore NCCI has been releasing weekly field situation reports, which contain detailed updates on the changing security and political environment and on the humanitarian needs on the ground in the different Iraqi governorates. Following the renewed heavy fighting between Iraqi Security Forces and Islamic State (IS) members in Heet and Ramadi, the focus of the conflict shifted once again to the Anbar governorate, which has seen continuous fighting since December 2013. After IS took control of Heet, hundreds of families have reportedly…