Mapping South-South Cooperation in the Arab States

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Technical assistance and capacity building to support the formulation of “Iraq National Housing Policy”

Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:31 Written by 
  • Location(s): Iraq
  • Type(s): Mechanism
  • Theme(s): Transfer of Expertise, Urban Development
  • SDG(s): 8. Decent Work and Economic, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Locations in the Arab States: Iraq
  • Types in the Arab States: Mechanism
  • Themes in the Arab States: Transfer of Expertise, Urban Development
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 8. Decent Work and Economic, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Geographic focus: Iraq

Thematic focus areas supported by the mechanism:

The development of the housing sector involves other areas that affect its operation and efficiency; these are: land management; housing production; housing finance; infrastructure for housing; housing management and maintenance; housing construction materials and technologies and informal housing.

Steps/stages in practical application of the mechanism:

  1. Adopt a participatory approach based on engaging key Iraqi decision makers in the policy development process to ensure buy-in and facilitate downstream implementation.
  2. Create technical working groups from relevant stakeholders assigned according to the main thematic areas of the policy as mentioned above (point 6). Those groups discussed relevant issues, challenges, policies and means of  implementation.

Results to Date:

The final housing policy document (printed in 2010) was endorsed by the cabinet of ministers in the same year.

Follow up activity (20112012-) to evaluate the process and contents of this document, showed positive feedback and acceptance by relevant housing stakeholders. Another study was produced which is a detailed implementation plan of the policy to better equip and assist housing related directorates in meeting their responsibilities . The latter described the roles and responsibility of each directorate in the implementation of the policy. In some cases, pilot projects were proposed to test those policies demonstrating how change/positive results could be brought about under prevailing regulations and circumstances.

Total Budget (USD): 320,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Maha Thabit
4 Abdullah al Jazzar st, PO Box 941864
Amman, 11194, Jordan
Tel: +96265924889 ext.110
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