The amounts allocated for the first phase of the project are about $300 million, which is a loan from the World Bank for a period of 5 years
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Iraq witnessed a rise in poverty rates for security, economic, political and social reasons (Al-Jazeera)
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The Iraqi Ministry of Planning revealed the implementation of a development project with the support of the Social Fund for Development, with the aim of providing basic services to residents of poor areas throughout the country, with the support of community mobilization teams in each governorate.
The ministry indicated that it has started work on 60 projects that covered 3 governorates so far, in a first stage, and the services are represented in the implementation of projects for water, electricity, schools, roads, and others.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Al-Hindawi stressed that the project targets areas where poverty rates are higher than others (Al-Jazeera)
community crowdRegarding the nature of the community mobilization tasks, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Planning, Abdul-Zahra Al-Hindawi, explains that it is a community team that was formed from the cadres of the Ministry of Planning in the governorates, with one of its members being one of the people of the area covered by the development project. The community mobilization holds extensive meetings with the people of the villages and takes Their opinions, then the process of discussing and selecting projects according to the votes of the people of the same region.
Al-Hindawi points out that the aim of this idea is to educate and sensitize those regions to the mechanisms that can be adopted in the selection of projects, and to alert them to the vital importance of these projects, so the project is chosen according to the priority of the needs of each region.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Community mobilization in the governorates follows up on development projects for poor areas (Iraqi Ministry of Planning)
He expresses his belief that this mechanism encourages people to genuinely participate and maintain and perpetuate these projects; Because they are mainly the ones who choose it and participate in the implementation process as labor. The first phase, which launched 60 projects, provided more than a thousand job opportunities for the people of those villages, and there was great joy among the people of those disadvantaged areas.
The community mobilization in the first phase of the project was chosen on 29 villages in 3 governorates (Al-Muthanna, Salah al-Din and Dohuk), and it included building schools and health centers, laying electricity lines, water networks, and paving roads, according to Al-Hendawi.
He confirms that this project will witness a significant expansion in the coming years, and this expansion will reflect positively on the poor Iraqi regions in general.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Abdul Halim: Addressing unemployment and poverty requires rehabilitating Iraqi youth in terms of training and providing them with skills (Al-Jazeera)
tackling povertyFor his part, the financial and economic expert, Dr. Safwan Qusai Abdel Halim, points out that the poverty rate is an interaction in the Iraqi environment as a result of external causes related to the Ukrainian-Russian war, changing world prices and global inflation.
Abdel Halim adds - to Al Jazeera Net - that there are internal reasons that exacerbated the problem of poverty, including the depreciation of the Iraqi dinar, and the accumulation of economic policy failures in previous years, because they focused on consumer spending away from investment spending.
The economic expert stresses that addressing unemployment and poverty requires rehabilitating Iraqi youth in terms of training and providing them with skills, so that they can work in an environment of international competition.
He expresses his belief that tracking the movement of internal and external funds will contribute to recovering part of the funds that the corrupt were able to acquire in previous years, and this is done in cooperation with international auditing companies, so that new revenues from these funds may be available, which, in addition to the rise in oil prices, may contribute to moving the investment file. .
Abdul Halim shows that Iraq has untapped energies in all sectors, so activating this window will contribute to increasing Iraq's ability to diversify the economy, employ the unemployed, and move towards a sustainable economy that is not limited to oil only.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Al-Taie doubts that this project will achieve good results, especially since Iraq is in the last ranks in the level of transparency (Al-Jazeera)
The necessity of transparencyIn turn, activist Wael Al-Taie doubts that this project will achieve results of the required level, especially that Iraq is in the last ranks in the level of transparency, as the large number of corruption in the state has led to a decline in the level of services.
Al-Taie explains to Al-Jazeera Net that the construction of schools is one of the most important reasons for the success of this project, because it will be based on employing manpower, as well as employing graduates, and working to eradicate illiteracy. With regard to the water and electricity file, this issue pertains to the state's policy and its dealings.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]The Iraqi Ministry of Planning revealed the implementation of a development project with the aim of providing basic services to residents of poor areas (Al-Jazeera)
The activist points out that the Iraqi citizen has witnessed many successive governments after 2003, but so far he has not found a government that meets his most basic requirements, and therefore he no longer trusts any initiative, and if there is something new, the government must start with it and end with good and ambitious results for the citizen. It is the only way that can restore citizen confidence in government projects.
Al-Tai warns all the authorities responsible for this project against wasting its money, stressing the need for real and intense efforts from the government on the ground to implement this initiative in all transparency, so that the citizen perceives the existence of real change for the better.
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