This project is about helping Iraq move along the path toward a modern federal system.

This project is about helping Iraq move along the path toward a modern federal system.

The Government of Iraq, with the assistance of the IOG, is undertaking a pilot project to devolve policy and program authorities from Baghdad to the provincial capitals as prescribed in the Constitution.

You can learn more about our strategy and objectives, project partners, and federalism below.

كۆبوونه‌وه‌ له‌گه‌ڵ به‌رپرسانى باڵاى حكومه‌تى هه‌رێمى كوردستان
حكومه‌تى عێراق له‌خۆگرتنى ده‌ستورێكى نوێ له‌ سالى 2005 نیشانه‌یه‌كى بنچینه‌یى بوو له‌ گورینى عێراق له‌ ولاتێكێ تاكه‌ كه‌سى بۆ ولاتێكى فێدرالى . بۆ جێبه‌جێكردنى ته‌واوى رێكخستنه‌كانى دارایى و نامه‌ركه‌زى كردنى خزمه‌تگوزارییه‌ پێویسته‌كان بو ئیش پێكردنى فیدرالییه‌تێكى ئاست به‌رز، هه‌روه‌ها پێویست به‌ ده‌سته‌یه‌كى ته‌واوى نوێى و تواناى تاكه‌كان و دامه‌زراوه‌كان هه‌یه‌ له‌ هه‌موو ئاسته‌كانى حكومه‌ت.له‌م چوارچێوه‌یه‌دا، حكومه‌ته‌كانى كه‌نه‌دا و عیراق له‌سه‌ر دوو بوارى سه‌ره‌كى فه‌رمانره‌وایه‌تى رێكه‌وتن كه‌ پشتگیرى كه‌نه‌دا یارمه‌تى كومار ده‌دات به‌ دامه‌زراوه‌كردنى ده‌ستورى نوێى خوى، پشتگیریه‌كه‌ بریتیه‌ له‌ مه‌شق پێكردن, هه‌ڵسه‌نگاندنه‌وه‌ى سیسته‌مه‌كان و كارپێ كردنه‌وه‌یان و گه‌شه‌پێدانى چارچێوه‌كانى توانا.پروژه‌كه‌ به‌ سه‌دان بریارده‌ر و كه‌سه‌ كاریگه‌ره‌كانى عێراقى و كورد ئاشنا ده‌كات بۆ بیركردنه‌وه‌ى نوێ، په‌یوه‌ندییه‌كان و كارامه‌یى كه‌ تواناى ده‌ستورى وڵات به‌هێزده‌كات.
حكومه‌تى كه‌نه‌دا وه‌زاره‌تى كاروبارى ده‌ره‌وه‌ى حكومه‌تى كه‌نه‌دا ئه‌و لایه‌نه‌ى حكومه‌تى كه‌نه‌دایه‌ كه‌ په‌یوه‌ندییه‌ دیبلۆماسی و كونسولگه‌رییه‌كانى كه‌نه‌دا ڕێكده‌خات، به‌مه‌به‌ستى هاندانى په‌یوه‌ندییه‌ بازرگانییه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تییه‌كانى ووڵات، و هه‌روه‌ها بۆ به‌ڕێوه‌بردنی په‌ره‌پێدانى نێوده‌وڵه‌تى و هاوكارییه‌ مرۆییه‌كانى حكومه‌تى كه‌نه‌دا.
Institute on Governance (IOG) Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit institution. The IOG's mission is to promote good governance in the public sphere. The Institute accomplishes this by, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance. The IGO's leading expertise is rooted in applied research, practice-based lessons, and innovative leadership practices. The IOG works with federal, provincial, municipal and indigenous governments, and not-for-profit organizations, in Canada and in 35 other countries. IOG collaborates closely with senior officials from all levels of government, and from the voluntary and private sectors.
The objective of the cohort is to have a group of Iraqi female public servants and CSO leaders better understand their roles and be more effective actors in the system of decentralized governance in Iraq. The cohort will connect women in elected office, the public service, and civil society (and at both the federal and provincial level) with the goal of advancing the principles of federalism. This is achieved by developing their capacity to work together to achieve policy and programming goals, and ultimately better outcomes for all Iraqis. Module One introduces the concept of leadership competencies in an Iraqi context. These competencies were identified by IOG through previous work in designing a senior executive service program in Iraq. ​
Sylvain Dubois, the Honourable Marie Poulin, and Steve Tierney from the IOG  are meeting with a woman member of parliament in Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss the Gender Empowerment program in Iraq.
IOG undertook a mission to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and met with several Senior Eexecutives in the Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss the workplan for the coming year.  Vice-President of IOG, Sylvain Dubois and Madeleine Meilleur, Senior Advisor meeting Minister of Municipality and Minister of Interior in Kurdistan Regional Government​.
IOG Team member, the Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, is discussing the upcoming Women Cohort in Iraq at the University of Karbala with the Dean of the Veterinary Medical College on July 10th ‎20
Training sessions for capacity building in the provinces of Maysan and Diwaniyah, which includes the preparation of 2019 budget.    
A report from the Iraqi media on the ceremony of signing the master agreement. Watch Now
The Federal and Provincial governments signed on March 29,2018 the master agreement to enhance the implementation of decentralization in Maysan and Diwaniya provinces. The Secretary of the Council of Ministers represented the Federal Government, Governors of Maysan and Diwaniya represented the Provincial Government, and The Head of the High Commission on Coordination of provinces. All parties signed the master agreement. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Ministers of the six ministries in addition to the Minister of Planning and the Minister of Finance, representatives of the Canadian Embassy in Baghdad, and representatives from the Institute on Governance.
Federal and Provincial governments signed today the master agreement to enhance the implementation of decentralization in Maysan and Diwaniya provinces. The Secretary of the Council of Ministers represented the federal government, Governors of Maysan and Diwaniya represented the provincial government, and The Head of the High Commission on Coordination of provinces. All parties signed the master agreement. The ceremony was attended by the DMs of the six ministries in addition to Minister of Planning and Minister of Finance, and representatives of the Canadian Embassy in Baghdad.
PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS Stakeholders Members of Civil Society Civil Servants Members of Parliament Provincial Governments
INSTITUTE ON GOVERNANCE (IOG) Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit institution. The IOG’s mission is to promote good governance in the public sphere. The Institute accomplishes this by, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance. The IGO’s leading expertise is rooted in applied research, practice-based lessons, and innovative leadership practices. The IOG works with federal, provincial, municipal and indigenous governments, and not-for-profit organizations, in Canada and in 35 other countries. IOG collaborates closely with senior officials from all levels of government, and from the voluntary and private sectors. Visit Site GOVERNMENT OF CANADA Global Affairs Canada is the department in the Government of Canada that manages Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage the country's international trade, and to lead Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance. Visit Site GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ The adoption of a new constitution in 2005 was a fundamental milestone in Iraq’s transformation from a unitary to a federal state. To fully implement the fiscal arrangements and the decentralisation of services necessary for the functioning of a highly-effective federation, a whole new set of individual and institutional competencies are required at all levels of government. In this context, the Governments of Canada and Iraq agreed on two key governance areas where Canadian support would help the Republic institutionalise its new constitution. The support includes training, evaluation of systems and practices, and the development of competency frameworks. The Project will introduce hundreds of Iraqi and Kurd decision-makers and influencers to new thinking, relationships, and skills that will strengthen the country’s institutional capacity.
The Iraq Project The adoption of a new constitution in 2005 was a fundamental milestone in Iraq’s transformation from a unitary to a federal state. To fully implement the fiscal arrangements and the decentralisation of services necessary for the functioning of a highly-effective federation, a whole new set of individual and institutional competencies are required at all levels of government. In this context, the Governments of Canada and Iraq agreed on two key governance areas where Canadian support would help the Republic institutionalise its new constitution. The support includes training, evaluation of systems and practices, and the development of competency frameworks. The Project will introduce hundreds of Iraqi and Kurd decision-makers and influencers to new thinking, relationships, and skills that will strengthen the country’s institutional capacity. The first governance area to be addressed is fiscal federalism and decentralization, which includes fostering understanding of the benefits of a federal system, instilling leadership values and skills in senior officials, and developing the competencies required to administer the federal arrangements envisaged. The second set of governance challenges relates to decision-making and resiliency-building. While the crisis affecting internally displaced persons (IDP) has had the highest profile, and has been of the greatest urgency, the governance challenges extend beyond the IDP question to the more general requirement for effective crisis coordination, no matter the context. Oversight of the Iraq Project The Project Steering Committee is co-chaired by senior representatives from the governments of Iraq and Kurdistan. As the funder of the program, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is an important member of the steering committee, of which the IOG is also a member. There are also two Project Implementation Committees (PIC), one of which is led by the federal government of Iraq, while the other is led by the Kurdistan Regional Government. These committees provide advice to the IOG Iraq Project, and coordinate inputs and contributions from the respective governments. The PIC overseeing the federal government’s involvement in the project is co-chaired by the Deputy Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council, Dr. Hamid Ahmed, and the President of the Institute on Governance, Mrs. Maryantonett Flumian. The PIC overseeing the KRG’s involvement is co-chaired by the Minister of Planning, Dr. Ali Sindi, and Mrs. Flumian.   IOG Approach to the Iraq Project Good Governance is more than just having a sound institutional base and the right systems and practices. Especially in a time of change and during a period of building, leadership is essential.  IOG’s work in Iraq therefore focuses on people, as well as institutions. Senior officials in the governments of Iraq must not only fully discharge the duties defined by the offices they hold, they must be agents of change, leading the initiatives and reforms required to give life to the country’s new constitution.  All of the work undertaken by IOG in the Iraq project reflects this dual imperative: to transfer knowledge and inculcate a critical capacity for institutional reform on the one hand, and to foster senior government officials’ leadership qualities and their sense of responsibility for developing and maintaining a viable federal state.   Seminars and Problem-Solving  As a general and high-level introduction to IOG’s work, and to establish a common language around the issues of fiscal federalism and decentralization, a number of one-day seminars have been convened, bringing together groups of parliamentarians and senior federal officials. These sessions provided an opportunity for participants to familiarize themselves with the scope of IOG’s work and imparted a sense of the challenges and opportunities implicit in the decentralized federal framework set out in the new Iraqi constitution. These seminars have been followed up, on an as-requested basis, by a series of more specific half-day workshops, each tailored to particular issues arising from the need to establish approaches and practices consistent with the intent of the new constitution.    The Cohorts At the heart of the project is the work undertaken with cohorts of select public officials and parliamentarians from the three orders of government, to transfer knowledge, identify best practices and explore strategies related to the unique challenge of fostering an effective federal state in Iraq. Each cohort is led through several modules, each module generally lasting two to three days.  In most cases, the cohorts undertake a mission to Canada or another federal state. These cohorts focus on different aspects of either fiscal federalism and decentralization, or decision-making and resiliency-building.   Institutional Mapping Concurrent with the modules, IOG is undertaking institutional mapping of government procedures and transactional processes for activities crucial to a successful federal state. These include the legislative process, the budget-setting process, and the manner in which federal-regional-provincial relations are conducted.  These maps not only record existing practices, but highlights areas that must be changed in order to reflect the new federal constitutional reality.   Projects Most cohorts will also undertake a companion project, examining in-depth a particular aspect or activity of government. These projects will analyse the current state of a particular policies or practices, and identify opportunities for improvement.     Parliamentary Delegations Parliamentary delegations travel to Ottawa in order to observe and study first-hand the workings of a federal parliamentary system. These missions are sometimes delivered in the context of a cohort, as described above, or they can be “stand alone” delegations. The first such delegation was comprised of a broad cross-section of elected members, led by the Speaker of the Iraqi Assembly. Additional delegations will be drawn from the Parliament’s Finance, Regional and Provincial, and Legal Committees; another delegation will be comprised primarily of women legislators.   Looking Ahead:  Taking the Work to the Governorates While much of the work to date has focused on the Iraqi Parliament and the federal government, activities at the governorate level will increase significantly, particularly as the reclaimed territories seek a return to normalcy.  This work will extend the reach of the Iraq Project to areas of the country most in need of support, since there are very few resources and skill in place to manage the transition to both peace and federalism.