Success Stories

EXCITING NEWS FROM WASIT ON TRASH COLLECTION INITIATIVE

A growing population, rapid economic growth translating into increased personal incomes, and ongoing sectarian conflicts and terrorist activities have created enormous challenges for Iraq’s solid waste management. An estimated 31,000 tons of solid waste is produced daily, with per capita daily waste generation estimated at between 0.8 and 1.4kg. Baghdad alone produces in excess of 1.5 million tons of solid waste yearly. Rapid growth in solid waste production combined with inadequate trash collection services, has put increasing strain on an outdated and mismanaged infrastructure heavily damaged by years of conflict.A true technological advance was initiated in Iraq this past week
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A FIRST! WASIT FAD SUCCESSFULLY PREPARES 2017 OPERATIONAL BUDGET

GSP/Taqadum’s budgeting team has been focused on three major areas or functions, with progress differing in each according to individual provincial government capacities and resources:Establishing a Local Revenue Generation SystemDeveloping Capital (Investment) and Operational Budgeting Processes to Meet Community NeedsEstablishing a Provincial Management System (Local Financial Management Model)These three functions are interrelated and combined together represent a practical and functional Decentralized Financial Management System. The first, creating a local revenue generation system, is critical to funding local services, creating local government accountability, and ultimately and most importantly, to provide the best possible delivery of services to citizens. This requires the
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PREPARING FOR RAINY DAYS, SEWER DIRECTORATE LAUNCHES STORM DRAIN CLEANUP AND MAINTENANCE CAMPAIGN

Basrah Over the past few years, Iraq has witnessed rainy winters that have brought flooding to the streets. The worst of this flooding occurred in late October 2015 when a weather system drenched not only areas of Iraq, but also Iran and other parts of the Middle East. In Iraq, the rainfall was so severe it brought with it power outages and overflowing sewers that caused many of Baghdad’s streets to be both damaged and closed. A state of emergency was declared across the country as an estimated 84,000 people were displaced in Baghdad and Anbar alone, although flooding also
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TENTH PROVINCE ADOPTS SAB AUDIT AND INTERNAL CONTROL GUIDE

GSP/Taqadum staff and Najaf FAD reviewing SAB Audit and Control Manual Najaf Governor Luay Al-Yasiri, in letter No. 1792 dated June 7, asked devolved Directorates to adopt the Audit and Internal Control Guide, developed by the Supreme Audit Board (SAB), for use in their Audit Sections and Divisions. The use of this guide will enable the provision of accurate and reliable financial statements and ensure staff adherence to applicable laws, regulations, and instructions. To date, Najaf is the tenth province to adopt the SAB’s Audit and Internal Control Guide, joining Babil, Baghdad, Basrah, Diwaniyah, Diyala, Kirkuk, Muthanna, Maysan, and Wasit.The
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BABIL EDUCATORS AND PARENTS ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND REFURBISH SCHOOL IN THE FACE OF BUDGET GAP

During its 1970-1984 “Golden Years”, Iraq’s educational system was recognized as one of the best in the region boasting of exceptionally high literacy, access, and gender equality rates. Slowly degraded by decades of war and economic sanctions, the quality of education in Iraq today is in a sorry state. Redistribution of funding, political wrangling, and an ailing economy has seen resources diminish, which in turn, has added to further decay of the system’s already heavily damaged infrastructure. In many schools, the physical infrastructure has so deteriorated that it has an increasingly negative effect on the quality of education and attendance
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