Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

Mesopotamian Youth for Democratic Governance, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation in Iraq

25/11/2019 - 09:53
Civil Society and Media

EU Contribution

EUR 1.6 million




All governorates


The Iraqi population, with a strong focus on youth, and equal emphasis on young men and women.

Implementing partner

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Funding instrument

Development and Cooperation Instrument



This action is designed to build on and scale-up the potential of Iraqi and international coalitions who, since 2009, have been working to empower Iraqi civil society and its role in shaping democracy and human rights, with a strong focus on youth leaders in CSOs. It matches with a three-year long Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) and Un ponte per… project, recently approved by the Fondation Assistance Internationale, which is expected to start in January 2017, and focuses on Social Cohesion along the two main rivers of Mesopotamia.


The overall objective of the action is to promote democratic governance and social cohesion in Iraq, by improving coordination and empowering the direct action of youth within local CSOs, in order to advance peacebuilding.


In order to achieve this, the project will adopt a comprehensive approach over a period of 36 months, with the following specific objectives:


  1. Supporting joint work by CSOs, including unions, in sectorial working groups led by youth, focusing on five human and environmental rights issues chosen to promote non-divisive ideas and overcome conflict.
  2. Empowering youth leaders of CSOs to launch joint actions to promote democratic governance, by convening and facilitating twin coordination platforms: the Iraqi and the Kurdistan Social Forums.

Implementing recommendations emerging from the Social Forums that promote conflict sensitivity, through Councils for Social Cohesion to be established in at least four governorates, coordinated by CSOs, but involving LAs and local leaders


Useful links:

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Iraqi Civil Socity Org.

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