On the 13th of June NCCI convened a Country Directors meeting at its office in Erbil. Country director meetings are meant to be an open forum for NGOs to discuss current issues related to humanitarian operations in country at a decision-maker level. The meeting started with an introduction by UN OCHA’s new Erbil head of office Susan Le Roux, who briefed the attendees on the submitted application for Central Emergency Response funding (CERF) to support the Fallujah relief effort, the next steps towards the disbursement of the dedicated national NGO allocation component of the Iraqi Humanitarian Pooled Fund (IHPF) and senior staff changes within OCHA. A representative from WFP then presented information on WFP’s contingency planning exercise for a potential…
06 Jun 2016
The Community of Practice (CoP) is a network of local NGOs (LNGOs). It was established in 2014 by NCCI in partnership with UNHCR as part of the capacity building project that aims to enhance the capacities of LNGOs in the central region of Iraq. The CoP aims to strengthen the networking skills of these local NGOs, improve the cooperation among the participating organizations and enable them to share their experiences. To achieve these goals the CoP provides a forum for sharing information, best practices and lessons learned, enhancing the services offered to the people in need targeted with this project. The CoP also provides a virtual space for the LNGOs to discuss and debate important issues and to consult each…
23 May 2016
On the 13th of April NCCI held its yearly General Assembly. One of the issues raised during the General Assembly was the lack of engagement of local NGOs with NCCI. In an attempt to find out the reasons of the disconnection between NCCI and its local members and find a way to improve the engagement of local organizations, representatives from NCCI’s Executive Board and its local members held a meeting on the 15th of May. The meeting took place at NCCI’s Erbil office and was chaired by the local NGOs on NCCI’s Executive Board, which are the Al-Mortaqa Foundation, the United Iraqi Medical Society for Relief and Development (UIMS) and the Women Rehabilitation Organization (WRO). The Board members opened the…
Local NGOs (LNGOs) bear the heaviest responsibility in Iraq, as first and permanent responders to both the current emergency and long term development needs of the country. The response of local NGOs precedes both the governmental and international response. Since its formation in 2003, NCCI allocated tremendous time and resources to empower the Iraqi civil society (especially local NGOs) through several coordination and capacity building projects, partnering with donors, international NGOs, and UN agencies. Through the project titled Optimize the effectiveness of national NGOs' humanitarian efforts in 10 Central Governorates, which was funded by UNHCR, local NGOs were trained using a number of methods. The training included direct capacity development workshops, field exercise and hands-on learning, implementing small grants/projects, peer…
03 May 2016
On the 27th of April the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) held its first heads of office meeting at its office in Baghdad. The heads of office meeting aims to gather senior managers responsible for humanitarian operations in central and southern Iraq around one table, offering a platform for coordination and information sharing tailored to the needs of NGOs operating in the central and southern governorates. At the meeting attendants are invited to discuss both strategic and operational issues, advocacy related subjects and practical constraints. NCCI from its side shares input and information from its thematic working groups and meetings held in other locations As this was the first meeting the attendants started with a brief introduction of their…
24 Apr 2016
In early April 2016 NCCI conducted a three days training workshop to develop the capacity of its Field Coordination Network (FCN) members. NCCI’s Field Coordination Network is a network of 24 national NGO partners called Focal Points (FP), who are based in all of Iraq’s 18 governorates. The FCN distributes information updates on humanitarian and development issues and provides data for NCCI’s field reports The workshop took place in Beirut between the first and the third of April. Earlier NCCI had developed a training needs assessment to determine the priorities of the training. During the workshop 23 local NGOs were trained on fundraising; the subjects of the training included the logic, sequence and principles of project design, sources for funding…
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