Success Stories

Babil and Diwaniyah Officials Thank GSP/Taqadum’s Assistance in Averting Major Flooding

Gaps left by collapsed segments or gaps in the sewage and storm drain systems throughout Iraq have left many cities flooded and paralyzed in times of heavy rain. Identified as part of GSP/Taqadum’s Service Delivery Improvement Plan (SDIP) process developed in cooperation with the seven initially targeted provinces, short- and long-term solutions were established to remedy these flooding issues. In Babil and Diwaniyah, advance rapid response planning was responsible for averting the normal flooding and paralyzation that plaques these provinces following heavy rains. The problems plaguing Iraq’s sewer and storm drains are many and widespread. Unstable delivery of electricity causes
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GSP/Taqadum SDIP Process Increases Potable Water Supply in Ghamas Sub-District

Water shortages plague Iraq. Decades of war, sanctions, migration, and lack of maintenance have left the country’s water and sewer infrastructure in shambles and have caused millions of Iraqis to live without potable water and /or working sewer systems. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which account for 98 percent of Iraq’s surface water and are responsible for supplying industry and agricultural irrigation, are not acceptable sources of drinking water. Yet the lack of clean drinking water has forced a reported 60 percent of the population to use river water for domestic purposes, causing an increase in cases of diarrhea –
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GSP/Taqadum’s Cooperative Approach Wins Adoption of Unified GO Organizational Chart Model

Some successes happen overnight. Others are a long time in the making. Some are a synchronistic combination of both. GSP/Taqadum meeting with Dr. Torham Al-Mufti and HCCP legal advisors finalizing the unified organizational chart modeling the structure of the Governor’s Offices When Iraq’s central government entity, the High Commission for Coordination between Provinces’ Secretariat (HCCPSEC) recently asked GSP/Taqadum for assistance in the development of a unified organizational chart for the provincial Governor’s Office (GO), we were able to deliver one to them virtually overnight. Within days of HCCPSEC’s request, project Organizational Development (OD) staff provided a comparative analysis between an
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A Time for Celebration – First Law Enacted to Resolve Issue of Laws Conflicting with Decentralization

The key element in GSP/Taqadum’s efforts with Iraq’s legal sector is to support efforts to create an enabling legal environment that moves the administrative decentralization process forward in a legitimate and sustainable way. Through the diligent work of GSP/Taqadum’s legal team during Phase II (which ended May 31, 2015), in cooperation with provincial and central government entities, 35 pieces of legislation were identified to be in conflict with, or blocking implementation of certain aspects of decentralization and the transfer functions according to the mandate of Article 45 of Law 21, as amended. Currently, in Phase III, one of our goals
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A New Day Dawns: MOCHPW First Ministry to Actually Transfer Not Only Functions, But Also Directorates to the Jurisdiction of Local Government

“Strengthening Iraq’s federal system is a key plank of [Iraqi] Prime Minister Abadi’s national program, and is a key pillar of the Government of Iraq’s strategy to improve governance and stabilize the country. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Service Delivery Project (Taqadum) supports the Government of Iraq’s efforts to decentralize responsibilities for service delivery from three central ministries, which serves as a model from which other national ministries can emulate.” The White House, Office of the Press Secretary Fact Sheet: US-Iraq Cooperation, April 15, 2015 Successes are not always easy to see or measure, or even materialize. This
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