03 Nov 2015
The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) aims to coordinate NGO action throughout all of Iraq. In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) NCCI however only has one office, which is located in Erbil. To better serve its members in all governorates of the KRI and reach out to NGOs who are currently not members NCCI organized a number of meetings in Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah throughout the month of October. In Sulaymaniyah NCCI met ten local and international NGOs to discuss the situation regarding NGO coordination in the governorate and NCCI’s services there. Issues raised by the attendants included the limited humanitarian coordination structure in Sulaymaniyah and the need to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs. As a lot of…
27 Oct 2015

A New Office in Erbil

Tuesday, 27 October 2015
During the past few months the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) expanded its activities in Erbil and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. With new staff coming in NCCI increased the number of meetings and other operations taking place in Erbil and the KRI. At the same time NCCI’s cooperation with OCHA and the clusters intensified. Giving this increasing number of activities and staff members, NCCI’s old office in Erbil was becoming too small, which is why NCCI decided to move to a bigger office. NCCI’s new Erbil office is located in Ainkawa and has plenty of space to host the growing number of staff and participants who attend meetings and workshops. The new office is located near the old…
19 Oct 2015
One of NCCI’s regular activities is organizing monthly general coordination meetings, which aim to improve information sharing and cooperation between NGOs operating in Iraq. On the 13th of October NCCI organized a joint general coordination meeting together with OCHA in NCCI’s Baghdad office. Representatives from 24 local and international NGOs together with a delegation from OCHA and IOM participated in the meeting. The meeting started with a presentation by OCHA on the civilian-military deconflicting mechanism, which aims to avoid humanitarian actors being targeted by military forces operating in Iraq. Secondly the attendants briefed each other on a number of current humanitarian issues in Iraq. The topics included the response to the cholera outbreak, expected new displacement following fighting in Ramadi…
11 Oct 2015
In October the second phase of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2016 will commence. After concluding the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) in September, the clusters will now start with defining the key elements of the cluster strategies. Based on these cluster strategies NGOs and other humanitarian partners will then develop their HRP projects, which will be uploaded using the Online Project System (OPS). The OPS will open on 14 October, with 26 October as the deadline for uploading projects. The OPS is an online database containing projects which are part of a humanitarian response in a major crisis like the current situation in Iraq. The OPS aims to coordinate the humanitarian response by collecting the projects of humanitarian actors…
On the 30th of September a high-level side meeting on Iraq was held as a side event of the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. This side-event was co-convened by the government of the United States of America, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and UN OCHA in New York. NCCI’s Advocacy Working Group prepared the brief which was included in the briefing pack of the event. As Iraq is the sole country in the world dealing with two emergencies classified as L3 by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), this briefing note attempted to draw more attention to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq which is too often forgotten in light of the security crisis raging in the country. The briefing…
21 Sep 2015

Introducing the HRP to Local NGOs

Monday, 21 September 2015
In early September the timeline for the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2016 was presented by the Humanitarian Coordinator. The HRP is a strategic plan that will guide the humanitarian response in Iraq for the year of 2016 and also acts as a tool to mobilize resources and funding for humanitarian operations in the country. The first phase of the HRP is the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), which is being executed through the cluster system and will be finished by the end of September. The HNO aims to assess the expected needs for the coming year to inform the drafting of the HRP, which will start in early October with defining the strategic guidelines and cluster strategies. Throughout October NGOs…
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