Governance and Decentralization in Iraq

The Road to National Reconciliation and Development Conference Objectives


Since the adoption of the constitution of 2005, Iraq has come a long way in establishing a federal decentralized system of government. But there is more work to be done.

Engaging local and regional authorities to play their full roles in formulating and delivering efficient and effective government services will help reduce socio-economic inequalities and meet national policy standards. Nothing is more important than accelerating the provision of services to citizens. Moreover, harnessing the diversity of Iraq’s many communities, groups and interests will sustain the country’s national integrity, allowing it to move forward united. The road to national reconciliation and development is a long one, but with sustainable governance approaches and institutions in place, Iraq will emerge strong, stable and vibrant.

Under the auspices of the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, to further these goals, the Committee on Regions and Provinces, with the support of the Institute on Governance funded by the Government of Canada, will convene a conference: “Governance and Decentralization in Iraq: The Road to National Reconciliation and Development’’, January 23-25, 2018 in Baghdad.

Through panel discussions and keynote presentations, Iraqi government and civil society leaders, together with international experts with experience from other federal decentralized states, will review progress made to date in Iraq’s efforts to establish a federal decentralized system of governance, discuss the challenges and opportunities still ahead, and share lessons learned and best practices from other jurisdictions.


January 23-25, 2018
Baghdad, Iraq

Conference Topics

With a focus on developing and sustaining a successful federal decentralized system of government in Iraq, the two-day conference will include discussion of:

  • Constitutional and Legal Frameworks
  • Intergovernmental Relations and Institutions
  • Fiscal Relations

The sessions will also feature the themes of institutional change, leadership, and capacity-building at all levels of government, as well as the vital role of empowered women, youth, and civil society. The conference will be preceded by a Youth Parliament, where the next generation of Iraqi leaders will discuss their hopes for federal decentralization.

Institute on Governance

Leading expertise in dealing with the most challenging issues of the day

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with extensive experience in exploring and developing approaches to responsible and responsive governance in Canada and abroad. Over the past 20 years, IOG has undertaken over 1,000 projects in Canada and 35 other countries.

The Institute’s goal is to promote and share good practices, and offer solutions and continuous improvements in the capacity of organizations to deliver on their mission. We do this through advisory services, original research, and learning laboratory. We consult on governance issues, conduct assessments and evaluations, undertake policy-relevant research, and publish results in the form of policy briefs and research papers. We also provide training and advice on governance matters to organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

For us, governance is a matter of the frameworks, institutions, and processes of government and also the relationships between the individuals serving the public. Good governance provides more effective, accountable, and representative results to citizens and stakeholders.