Success Stories

DECENTRALIZATION GIVES MUTHANNA ORPHANS SECOND CHANCE AT GOOD EDUCATION

After years of bureaucracy that left them with a shortage of qualified teachers, the Muthanna Orphanage recently celebrated the arrival of new teachers thanks to decentralization and short-term service delivery improvement solutions. Under the previously centralized system, the provincial Labor and Social Affairs Directorate was required to send a request to the Orphanage Section of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) indicating that more teachers were needed. That request, if approved, was forwarded to the Ministry of Education (MOE), and so forth. Processing of such requests was taking up to two years, and the shortage of teachers was
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BABIL YOUTH ACTIVATION COMMITTEES IMPLEMENT FIRST VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Engaging youth in community activities and local governance is an important part of developing future leaders. In Babil, eight Youth Activation Committees (YACs) have been established across four districts. YACs are coordinating with local government to implement volunteer activities for the good of their communities. The YACs were established with the assistance of GSP/Taqadum as part of the Service Delivery Improvement Plan for the Youth and Sport Sector.In May, youth of varying ages from the Neel sub-district participated in a volunteer cleanup campaign organized by the local YAC. The youth planned and conducted the campaign in coordination with the sub-district
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PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES, NGOS, AND CITIZENS WORK TOGETHER TO REPAIR AND RENOVATE AL-ADHAMEYAH ORPHANAGE IN BAGHDAD

The children whose home is Al-Adhameyah Orphanage in Baghdad are excited about ongoing renovations and repairs that have been made possible thanks to the generosity of the community. Recently, the Directorate of Labor and Social Affairs (DOLSA) held a public meeting, in cooperation with GSP/Taqadum, to share the Service Delivery Improvement Plan (SDIP) for orphanages. One of the solutions proposed in the SDIP included coordination with local and international organizations to secure the resources necessary to repair and renovate the orphanages. Outreach efforts and coordination with NGOs, the private sector, and citizens proved to be very successful in securing the
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SEWER MAINTENANCE IN MAYSAN: NO MORE BACKED UP PIPES

The 2017 rains proved to the citizens of the Amara City of Maysan that they no longer need to be fearful of backed up sewage or rainwater flooding. The rainy season has passed and, unlike previous years, there was no fl ooding, thanks to the maintenance of 14,500 meters of sewer pipes. Sewer maintenance is normally contracted out to private companies. Up until October 2016, the sewer network had not been maintained in preparation for the rainy season due to fi nancial constraints. The Sewer Directorate in Maysan did not have the funds to contract out sewer maintenance, and feared
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FROM RAGS TO RICHES: BAGHDAD AL-KARKH YOUTH AND SPORT DIRECTORATE RESTORES THE OLD GLORY OF ITS RUNDOWN THEATER

Baghdad Al-Karkh Theater, which belongs to the Directorate of Youth and Sport (DOYS), was recently restored and reopened, providing DOYS with a new location for youth activities and a new source for revenue generation. The theater had been closed for years and was in desperate need of rehabilitation. The theater was offi cially opened on March 28 in an inauguration ceremony led by Baghdad First Deputy Governor, Mr. Jasim al-Bukhati. The ceremony was followed by performances and other activities celebrating March as Women’s Month.The theater, which seats 300, was reopened as a result of the DOYS Service Delivery Improvement Plan
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