Current Projects and Activities
To realize our mission, the Foundation implements projects in Iraq that promote our vision. In addition to our humanitarian efforts, the Iraq Foundation currently has a number of active projects, which focus on human rights, civil society, and democracy building.
Since 1991, IF has been active in promoting a free and democratic Iraq. To learn more about previous projects and activities as well as our achievements, we invite you to explore the links below:
PEACE established a National Task Force in Iraq on the Elimination of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and provided a national platform for leading women and men and community-based organizations advancing successful efforts to eliminate violence against women and other forms of gender based violence. The project provided legal assistance to 1583 victimized women and developed a database of their information. IF also printed 5000 posters and 6000 brochures in Arabic and Kurdish to present the national charter and the importance of women’s empowerment. Brochures and posters also highlighted the legal obstacles to the advancement of women’s rights, and provided information on how to seek legal assistance and guidance PEACE formed a national coalition consisting of 408 members (including high ranking government officials and civil society activists who worked voluntarily to implement the recommendation of the national charter. Finally, IF conducted 53 advocacy meetings to raise awareness of the national charter’s recommendations and conducted hearing sessions for victimized women to reach out to government officials to tell their stories. The first tangible result out of these sessions is the formation of a committee in the Al-Sadr city council to deal with the issues and needs of victimized women and provide assistance and referrals when needed.
The goal of the Widows’ Initiative for Economic Sustainability (WIES) was to create jobs for over 500 female heads of household (FHH) and develop business opportunities so that FHH could attain economic independence. IF provided widows technical business and job skills training, assisted in forming new woman-owned medium to small enterprises (MSEs) and in expanding existing MSEs, and matched motivated and skilled FHHs to suitable jobs in the private sector.
The Iraq Foundation implemented a six month UN – Women project. IF designed and implemented an internship program for 12 young women leaders from Baghdad and the provinces, who provided support for 12 women members of parliament engaged in women’s issues. The Project included semi-monthly meetings with interns and MPs carried out by IF and Iraqi Organization for Women and Future, and 5 roundtable meetings with stakeholders to introduce research topics and discuss progress of research.
Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL)
From September 2011 – December 2013, IF implemented the WEL project with the goal of reinforcing the framework of women’s rights by promoting and facilitating stronger and more effective legislation aimed at protecting those rights enshrined in the constitution and in line with international human rights standards. WEL successfully concluded with the endorsement of proposed amendments by members or parliament, in several cases exceeding the required number in the constitution, and their submission to the Office of the Speaker for consideration by the Council of Representatives.
Post Election Democracy Promotion (PEDP) Project
From December 2009 – December 2013, IF carried out PEDP to meet the need for good governance in Iraq during the period following the elections for a new Council of Representatives. PEDP included three components: (1) building the capacity of incoming women parliamentarians (IWPs) as effective negotiators and legislators; (2) enhancing the ability of Iraqi civil society leaders to monitor and report on the government’s protection of civil and political liberties, as well as its overall transparency; and (3) bolstering Iraqi youth’s understanding of civic and democratic processes, and their leadership across sectarian lines to resolve community and national level disputes peacefully. 47 IWPs participated in and benefited from the program; 34 civic leaders participated in the development of the 3 “Democratization in Iraq” reports, launched in press conferences; 350 youth participants attended youth civics camps from 2010 – 2013 at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimaniya, where they were trained on the DemokratiaWeb curriculum.
Empowering Female Candidates (EFC) in Iraq
From February 2013 – August 2013, IF, supported by UN Women, implemented a training program for women candidates in local elections to enable them to participate in upcoming elections with greater confidence and ability to attract votes. Training was be conducted in cooperation with local partners on a variety of constitutional and political topics. IF carried out evaluations of the capabilities of local partners as well as those of the 300 women candidates trained as part of the project.
Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) Project
From September 2010 – February 2013, IF conducted the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project. The goal of this project was to improve the quality of life of marginalized widows in disadvantaged areas and equip them to be productive contributing participants in the Iraqi economy and Iraqi society. The project provided life skills education and education on women’s rights and citizenship to a large group of widows. Additionally, IF selected asmaller group of widows to receive vocational and entrepreneurial skills training tailored to the specific needs of their location. EIWT also provided on-going support and mentoring to “graduating” widows.
Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP)
From January 2011- August 2012, IF conducted the Interfaith Cooperation Project. The goal of this project was to expand religious freedom for all Iraqi faith communities and promote mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. As part of this project, teams of young Iraqi men and women from different religious backgrounds and provinces came together to produce 15 documentaries on significant historic religious sites across Iraq. The documentaries, which were produced with the assistance and support of AlSumaria TV, seek to highlight the rich heritage of religious diversity that lives on in modern Iraq and build understanding among Iraq’s religious and ethnic communities.Project participants held 63 screenings of the documentaries in 15 provinces, reaching an audience of over 8,000 people. Documentaries were broadcasted on five national Iraqi TV stations including, Alsumaria, Al-Iraqiya, Al-Fayhaa, Biladi, and Al-Baghdadiya. It is estimated that one in four Iraqis has seen at least one of the documentaries. In October of 2012, IF held a screening of a film, produced in cooperation with AlSumaria, which is based on 15 documentaries produced by the project participants in Washington, DC.
Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) Project
From October 2009 – April 2012, IF conducted the Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) Project. The goal of the project is to bring about change in knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding ethical provincial administration, and to instill a new culture of transparency, accountability, and good governance. Through educating citizens on corruption issues and the effect of corruption on society, monitoring government activities, and building alliances between provincial officials and local civic leaders, the Iraq Foundation has charted a course for change toward more responsive, more accountable government in Iraq. This project was shaped largely by experience garnered from IF’s previous anti-corruption project, Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) project carried out from March 2007-December 2008.
Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI)
From May 2008 – November 2010, IF conducted the Human Rights Advocacy Intiative (HRAI) project. The goal of the project was to empower Iraqi human rights leaders in civil society to be better advocates for human rights. The Iraq Foundation implemented a basket of initiatives designed to consolidate Iraq’s budding human rights community into a strong, broad-based advocacy coalition pressing to hold the Iraqi government accountable for the state of Iraqis’ civil and political liberties. The initiatives were designed and synchronized to be mutually enhancing and reinforcing.
Mdaina Education Project (MEP)
The Goal of the Mdaina Education Project (MEP) is to provide literacy training to illiterate and semiliterate adults and targeted computer training to small business owners and teachers as well as select technology personnel. In addition, a computer center was be established, which hosted the literacy and computer training programs as well as serve the larger community of Mdaina as computer labs.
Anti-corruption and Transparency Project I and II
The goal of the ACT-phase II project was to mobilize Iraqi public opinion against corruption and encourage transparency and accountability in government.
Human Rights Defenders Network Project
Under this grant, the Iraq Foundation carried out human rights monitoring, documentation, advocacy, and networking training for 15 Iraqi human rights NGOs. Following the training, the Foundation has established a Human Rights Defenders Network (HRDN) composed of the trained NGOs. The Foundation is currently assisting the members of the Network in public outreach and advocacy on a regional and national level.
Ahd Al-Iraq (Iraq Pledge) Campaign
IF supported and implemented the pro-democracy Iraq Pledge Campaign to institutionalize the goals of Iraq’s Pledge across the social and political spectrum. The Foundation monitors parliamentary legislation and debates that affect the legislative demands of Iraq’s Pledge. The Foundation also monitored press coverage of the Iraq Pledge Campaign and issues that impact its legislative demands.
Iraq Constitution Assistance Project
This project aimed to promote Iraq’s development towards democratization through greater democratic awareness and civic participation in the constitutional process. IF has published educational material, held 13 constitutional education workshops across Iraq and hosted 24 radio and 8 television programs on the constitution. IF has created and trained a group of Iraqi civil society members, Iraq Democracy Watch, to monitor the democratic process in Iraq, and report and publish papers and articles.
Human Rights Education Project
This project aimed to spread a basic understanding of universal human rights principles and practices among the people of Iraq. IF has established a Human Rights Resource Center (HRRC) in Baghdad in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, trained twenty trainers on the basic principles of human rights and international laws and conventions, and sponsored over 60 human rights education workshops across Iraq to date. In October 2006, IF started broadcasting radio programs as part of our efforts to broaden outreach, targeting a broader, more diverse audience across the country.
Promoting National Reconciliation in Iraq Project
The Iraq Foundation carried out a three months project to promote national reconciliation in Iraq. The goal of the project was to help the Iraqi government implement its national reconciliation initiative and strengthen the development of citizenship awareness in the country through engaging civil society actors in working towards peace and building trust among the communities. Under this grant, IF developed a common platform for advocacy based on the constitution and the National Reconciliation Plan through sponsoring a meeting that brought together Iraqi organizations from different parts of Iraq, as well as produced and disseminated papers based on the meeting’s recommendations.
Training Iraqi Social Workers on Conflict Resolution Methods
This project aimed to train Iraqi social workers on methods to mitigate family abuse and solve domestic conflicts peasefully. The project focused on women and children in the southern Iraqi Governorate of Basra
Iraqi American National Network (IANN)
Capacity-building of emerging Iraqi communities around the United States
Iraqi Community Organizing Project (ICOP)
A service program for Iraqi refugees in cities around the United States
Iraq Civil Society Program (ICSP)
Promotion of women’s participation in all facets of public life in Iraq
Iraq Research and Documentation Project (IRDP)
Harvard University/Iraq Foundation project to catalogue Iraqi government documents
The Revitalization of Iraqi Schools and Stabilization of Education
Project to Study and Aid in the Restoration of the Southern Marshes
Voter Education Project
PDF Report (Arabic)