Success Stories

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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INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS, COORDINATION, AND VOLUNTEERISM PRODUCE REHABILITATED SCHOOLS IN WASIT

At the heart of local government resides the duty to provide quality service delivery to all citizens. However, local government officials are often bound by limited resources and not always to meet citizen needs in a timely manner. In Wasit, through integrated solutions, coordination, and volunteerism, this challenge was overcome to rehabilitate 18 schools that were in desperate need of repairs.With technical assistance provided by GSP/Taqadum in the development of the Service Delivery Improvement Plan (SDIP), the Vocational Training Section and Education Directorate developed a solution during the Wasit vocational training public meeting where it presented its developed SDIP. The
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT IN WASIT: WASIT FTT’S QUICK EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AFTER FLOODING RAINS

During the rainy season in Iraq, Wasit suffers from a combination of heavy rainfall and uncontrolled torrents of water from neighboring Iran, leaving part of the province paralyzed. While the Governor’s Office has always done its best to respond to resulting flooding emergencies, Governor Malik Wadi expressed his desire to improve the province’s ability to respond by being prepared for emergencies. The Governor reached out to GSP/Taqadum for technical assistance in this regard. In response, the project designed a program to train Wasit officials, particularly the Crisis Cell and the newly established Field Technical Team (FTT), in disaster preparedness and
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PASSING THE FIRST TEST OF FISCAL DECENTRALIZATION: AFAD PROVES CAPACITY TO HANDLE PROVINCIAL FINANCES, PAYS SALARIES

The Administrative and Financial Affairs Directorates (AFADs) have passed the ultimate test of fiscal decentralization and earned the trust and respect of both the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and local officials by successfully completing the financial procedures for Jan. and Feb. 2017. The respective AFAD in each of the 12 provinces has processed Jan. and Feb. salaries for the staff of the Governor’s Office (GO) and the three transferred provincial directorates of Agriculture, Education, and Health. Prior to Jan. 2017, all salaries were issued directly by the MOF. As a result of expert technical assistance from GSP/Taqadum, 2017 has ushered
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