Friday 25/06/2021


Communities in Action
September 2018
Baghdad – Iraq

About the Conference

Hosted by Iraqi Red Crescent Society Communities in Action: Engaging Iraq’s community-based organizations to Build Better Communities. The challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq are well known—high security risks, hard to reach areas, multi-layered governance, and complex local environment.

Yet the need to support vulnerable communities with humanitarian aid remains high. With the Government of Iraq investing in scalable reconstruction efforts and the UN launching their Reconstruction Framework after decades of conflict, local, national and international organizations must seize the opportunity to build resilient communities with access to basic services and chance to live secure and dignified lives.
Through this conference we aim to bring together Iraq’s active and able civil society organizations to identify our strengths and weaknesses, coordinate our work, and collaborate for the future. It is imperative that we create effective partnerships among relief and development actors—national and international—to enhance our collective ability to respond to the need of Iraq’s most vulnerable.

Conference Program

Iraqi Civil Society and Humanitarian Needs and Priorities/Reconstruction Efforts:

IRCS Iraq Civil Society mapping exercise of what organizations work where, in what sectors?
i.e. Access and untapped potential

What does Iraq Civil Society lack? financial resources, training, M&E expertise, long term planning

What are the effective ways for the Iraq Civil Society to coordinate with each other, government, INGOs, communities, universities

Humanitarian needs and priorities
What are the sector priorities and approaches that need coordinating?

  • Public and Primary Healthcare, Mental and Psychosocial Health
  • Primary Education
  • Livelihoods and Food Security
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Shelter and Essential Infrastructure
  • Youth Empowerment

Collaboration for the future

Iraqi Civil Society leaders to:
Share plans for geographic areas of targeting
Share and compile high level programme plans to direct funding
Agree to build joint contingency plans for the future for rapid needs response
Identify technical areas in which Iraqi Civil Society and organizations can jointly organize and participate in training

Conference Speakers

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Who will be attending the conference?

  • Over 150 Iraqi Civil Society and relief and development organization leaders
  • Community volunteers and organizers
  • Researchers
  • Private sector representatives
  • Donor representatives
  • Donor representatives
  • INGOs, UN, etc.

What will I get out of the conference?

  • Networking opportunities with, and inspiration from, local and national humanitarian leaders, practitioners and partners
  • Opportunities to create and strengthen relationships with those committed to moving the Building Better Communities in Iraq agenda forward
  • Capacity Building tools, strategies and best practices for Iraqi organizational sustainability and effective programs
  • Articulate Iraq community centered relief and development needs and priorities

Why should you attend?

Your organization has played a critical role in building stronger communities in Iraq. We believe that through collaboration and coordination, and combination of our strengths, we will be better equipped to support the most vulnerable and lay the foundations for strong and resilient communities. We look forward to having you join us take on that challenge. 

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Conference Organizing Partners


Time & Date

Monday- Thursday:8:00-18:30 Hrs
(Phone until 17:30 Hrs)
Friday - 8:00-14:00


Iraq Baghdad 2039-2041 Mansour
Phone:+00 11 2233 4455
Fax:+00 11 2233 4455