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WAVE Quarter One Report


The Iraq Foundation (IF) is currently implementing a 12-month pilot project in 4 locations: the city of Mosul and Hamdaniya in Nenawa governorate; Hayy Al-Mal’ab in Ramadi, Anbar governorate; and Hayy Arba’een in the city of Tikrit, Salaheddin governorate, with the goal of equipping women to build family and community resilience against violence and extremism. The project is providing a core group (56) of returnee (and IDP) women who are survivors of violence with training to enable them to coach and guide a broader segment of women in their communities. Trained women “coaches” will reach out to and work with a broader group of women in the community to increase their understanding about VE and coach them to recognize extremist and violent behavior, build family resilience, and evolve strategies and tools to promote tolerance and moderation, and to resolve conflicts peacefully.

This report details the first three months (June-August 2018) of the project, including our partnerships, activities, results, and analysis from IF staff. Subsequent reports will be posted as we continue to implement the WAVE project.

The Iraq Foundation is pleased and honored to announce that Ms. Raya Barazanji has joined our Board.

Raya Barazanji is a senior program officer at the United States Institute for Peace for the Middle East programs focusing on Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Previously she managed the Institute’s grantmaking program related to the Middle East and Africa regions. Before joining the Institute in 2010, Barazanji worked on counterterrorism programs relating to Iraq and the broader Middle East for a private sector corporation. Prior to that, and for eight years, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Iraq Foundation. In that capacity, she led the organization’s team in implementing democracy-building and human rights training projects, as well as supporting USAID initiatives to revitalize Iraq’s education system and to develop the capacity of civil society organizations and independent media.

Additionally, she managed a community organization and integration program for Iraqi refugees in the U.S. in the late 90s. She has over 20 years of experience in the design and management of democracy and peacebuilding programs with NGOs and is an avid advocate for women’s rights and gender equality in the Middle East and the Muslim World. Barazanji holds a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a bachelor’s from the College of Arts, Al-Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad.

We would like to extend our best wishes to all of our friends and supporters this holiday season!

The Iraq Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new project, Women Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE). It will be a 12-month, ground-breaking project implemented in Ninawa, Anbar, and Salaheddin governorates with the goal of equipping women to build family and community resilience against violence and extremism and contribute to social peace in their communities. It will seek to build the capacities of women leaders to identify markers and indicators of radicalization and violence, teach skills to counter violent extremism within communities, and raise awareness and advocacy for women’s role as the first line of defense against extremism. The project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Iraq Foundation would like to wish a happy Eid al-Fitr to all Muslims in Iraq and around the world in culmination of the month of Ramadan. We wish everyone happiness and safety with friends and familyduring this holy time. Eid Mubarak!


يتقدم المعهد العراقي بأطيب التهاني وأصدق التمنيات بمناسبه عيد الفطر المبارك


We wish all of our Muslim friends a happy, healthy, and peaceful month.

The Iraq Foundation wishes a Happy Newroz to Kurdish populations across the globe. Despite the suffering this community has endured throughout the last several years, the New Year celebrates the beginning of Spring and represents renewal, happiness, and the spread of warmth as the seasons change.


Women in Iraq have long borne the brunt of violence, war and injustice that has plagued the country. Because of this appalling reality, Iraq Foundation works tirelessly to empower women and assert their role in Iraqi society. By providing women with the skills to strengthen their communities and rebuild from years of conflict, a new future can emerge based on the principles of equality and a shared prosperity for all Iraqis. Although some progress has been made, there is much work to be done to make women equal in the eyes of the law, and respected within the walls of their home.

Today, we celebrate the women around the world who have raised their voices to demand change, and bring attention to those who are unable to do so. This past year, the status quo that tolerated mistreatment and oppression has been shattered thanks to the many women who have stood tall and proven the power of a united voice. They have exposed the solemn truth experienced by women everywhere, and have brought light to the perpetrators who have sought to silence them.

IF supports all women who raise their voices to the world to create the change we all desperately need, and we will continue to strive for their right to do so.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is internationally recognized as a violation of human rights. Together, the United Nations and UNICEF created International Zero Tolerance Day for FGM, drawing awareness to a procedure that affects at least 200 million women and girls worldwide. Significant efforts are being made to reduce FGM in the Kurdish region of Iraq through local efforts and government policies. Though this harmful practice is far from over, communities throughout the region are working together to improve the lives of women and girls everywhere. #EndFGM

Contractual Proposal Writer Position
The Iraq Foundation (IF) is a 501(c)3 organization focused on promoting democracy and human rights in Iraq. The Foundation works on a variety of issues including improved governance, support to IDPs, women’s rights, and youth engagement.

IF is seeking a professional proposal writer to assist the Foundation in preparing grants for potential donors. This position will involve working with the Foundation on a contractual basis. The ideal candidate will be a technical expert in the proposal writing process with a proven record of success in obtaining funds for NGO projects. This position will be offered as a limited term contract and may be extended based upon the candidate’s performance.

– Proven record of successfully funded proposals, especially in response to US Government RFPs
– Good understanding of issues related to IF’s work and interests
– The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Middle East
– Familiarity with Iraq preferred

In order to apply, please send your Resume/CV, Cover Letter, and a Writing Sample to