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In January, economic development experts Dr. Emad Al Ani and Dr. Abdulriza Alkhamas met up with WIES beneficiaries in Diyala, Nineveh and Baghdad to learn about their skills suitable for the job market. These experts will then conduct a mapping of the local economy by talking to business owners, employers and institutions, in order to match these women’s skills to the local economy’s needs.

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Photos of Dr. Abdulriza Alkhams’ meeting in Basrah

Photos of Dr. Emad Al Ani’s Meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Nineveh




Last Update: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 

In March, economic development experts and partner NGOs reached out to several local and international organizations, and private and public sector institutions in five provinces to discuss the needs they can provide to WIES beneficiaries. In Baghdad, IF staff reached out to Bashaer Alkhayr organization, Relief International, Ashoor Bank and the Ministry of Labor and Social affairs (MOLSA). Ashoor bank provided a support letter to help WIES beneficiaries apply for loans and start their projects. IF also contacted small business development centers to coordinate with them about providing training to WIES beneficiaries on job skills.

IF’s Partner NGO in Nineveh reached out to several banks, and to the MOLSA training center in Nineveh. IF’s partner NGO in Diyala reached out to the municipality council, IOM representatives, and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). Partner NGO Women for Supporting Women in Baghdad met with Mrs. Naamat Aljanabi, a business woman, who is planning to start a new project on job placement, which can be useful to find jobs for WIES beneficiaries.

Furthermore, IF’s economic experts completed the mapping they had started in January, and their market study on the local economy’s needs in Basrah, Maysan, Diyala and Ninevah. They also held several meetings with WIES beneficiaries in Kerkh and Rusafa.

WIES project coordinator, and partner NGO (WSW) with Ashoor Bank staff in Baghdad

WIES project coordinator with Bashaer Alkhayr organization

Partner NGO and IF staff meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Baghdad – Rusafa district

Partner NGO and IF staff meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Baghdad – Kerkh district

Partner NGO in Baghdad (WSW) meeting business woman Mrs. Naamat Aljanabi

WIES project coordinator and partner NGO (WSW) with business woman Mrs. Majida Hijazi

WIES project coordinator and partner NGO (WSW) meeting with Mercy Hands organization

WIES beneficiaries in AlKerkh district with Dr. Emad Al Ani, WIES project coordinator, and partner NGO

Partner NGO in Diyala meeting at the Danish Refugee Council

Last Update: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 

Meetings were held between economic development experts (EDEs), WIES beneficiaries, and WIES partner NGOs in Maysan, Nineveh, Baghdad, and Diyala. The EDEs continued to learn about the beneficiaries’ skills, and how they can be utilized in the job market. As a result, 112 women beneficiary interviews were completed in each province for a total of 560 interviews.

Furthermore, February 10, IF WIES coordinator met up with the head of IF’s partner NGO at IF’s Baghdad office to be updated about the NGO’s visits with institutions and potential employers that could provide loans and jobs to WIES beneficiaries. Outreach meetings were also held on February 11 between the IF team and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA), to follow up on previous discussions related to training opportunities for WIES project beneficiaries.

On February 19, WIES project coordinator visited Ashoor Bank, where she came into an agreement with them to help women beneficiaries get loans with decreased interest rates. The regular rate is usually 11%, but the bank agreed to lower it to 5% for WIES beneficiaries.

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Februrary 2nd 2013: EDE meeting with women beneficiaries in Maysan

February 3, 2013: EDE Dr. Emad Alani meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Mosul

IF WIES coordinator’s meeting in Baghdad with IF’s Partner NGO

February 11 IF outreach meeting with MOLSA

Dr. Emad Alani meeting with WIES beneficiaries at Hawaa’s office in Diyla

WIES Project Coordinator’s visit to Ashoor Bank

WIES Project Coordinator with EDE Faeq Aldabbas at IF’s Office in Baghdad

Meeting between women beneficiaries, and EDEs in IF’s Partner NGO’s offices





Last Update: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

In November, Iraq Foundation (IF) conducted a meeting in Baghdad with the implementing partners attended by Ms. Rend Al Rahim, IF’s Executive Director, and heads of NGOs partners. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the project work plan, identify potential areas to reach out to the widows participants and identify potential economic experts to work in the five provinces.

Also in November, IF and partner NGOs in five provinces selected the economic experts in each province.

In December, IF and partner NGOs distributed 1750 posters and 2000 brochures in five provinces and interviewed 250 females head of household (FHH), who completed the vetting forms to determine the skills and the capacity of each candidate.

IF also reached out to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA). Ms. Rend Al Rahim, met with Mr. Nassar Al Rubaie, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, to discuss training opportunities for project beneficiaries.

IF’s partner, Ms. Ibtisam Al Shamry, was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, for her hard work and dedication on the expert committee and in the selection of members of the High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq.

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Last Update: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 

IF launched the WIES project in October, 2012. During this month, IF identified and signed agreements with 4 NGO partners in Baghdad, Maysan, Diyala and Ninawa. IF and partner NGOs started the selection of economic development experts in each province. The economic expert will assess the various economic sectors in each province and skills/job requirements in these sectors for both semi-literate and literate women. This mapping will assist IF and its partner NGOs to identify  potential employers, job descriptions, and skills that respond best to the recurrent needs of the local market.

IF’s staff in Basra and the partner NGOs started to contact training centers to deliver the project’s training component. Also, contacts with microloan providers have already started. We are currently looking at training centers and have identified FHH to participate in the program.

Last Update: Monday, December 31, 2012