Governance and Decentralization in Iraq: The Road to National Reconciliation and Development

3 day eventIn Baghdad, IQ
  • January 23, 20185:00pm - 8:00pm
  • January 24, 20189:00am - 5:00pm
  • January 25, 20189:00am - 5:00pm

Since the adoption of the constitution of 2005, Iraq has come a long way in establishing a federal decentralized system of government. But there is more work to be done.

Engaging local and regional authorities to play their full roles in formulating and delivering efficient and effective government services will help reduce socio-economic inequalities and meet national policy standards. Nothing is more important than accelerating the provision of services to citizens.  Moreover, harnessing the diversity of Iraq’s many communities, groups and interests will sustain the country’s national integrity, allowing it to move forward united. The road to national reconciliation and development is a long one, but with sustainable governance approaches and institutions in place, Iraq will emerge strong, stable and vibrant.

Under the auspices of the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, to further these goals, the Committee on Regions and Provinces, with the support of the Institute on Governance funded by the Government of Canada, will convene a conference: “Governance and Decentralization in Iraq: The Road to National Reconciliation and Development’’, January 23-25, 2018 in Baghdad.   

Through panel discussions and keynote presentations, Iraqi government and civil society leaders, together with international experts with experience from other federal decentralized states, will review progress made to date in Iraq’s efforts to establish a federal decentralized system of governance, discuss the challenges and opportunities still ahead, and share lessons learned and best practices from other jurisdictions.

With a focus on developing and sustaining a successful federal decentralized system of government in Iraq, the two-day conference will include discussion of:

  • Constitutional and Legal Frameworks
  • Intergovernmental Relations and Institutions
  • Fiscal Relations

The sessions will also feature the themes of institutional change, leadership, and capacity-building at all levels of government, as well as the vital role of empowered women, youth, and civil society.  The conference will be preceded by a Youth Parliament, where the next generation of Iraqi leaders will discuss their hopes for federal decentralization.