The aim of this project is a peer-to-peer cooperation with Iraqi governorates in order to help them strengthen the legitimacy of local government by providing transfer of good practices from Slovenia.

The project responds to the needs of Basra province in the area of employment and youth and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The area of employment was chosen as the main area that needs to be addressed. Therefore, the focus is placed on creation of employment opportunities, particularly for youth (up to 29 years old), since they represent the majority of the population in Basra Governorate. The project is providing solutions for creation of employment opportunities, support of young entrepreneurs as well as inclusion of young women.

The project attempt to address the aligned views on identified needs in increase of employment rates through young population Basra and offer good practice examples on one hand and support to their transfer and implementation in Al Basra on the other. The collaboration will help to collectively identify opportunities in the Iraqi Province Basra to advocate effective and transparent local government systems and public services and explore models and mechanisms for further developing Iraq’s local government.

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Programme: Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through Local Development’ Funded by the European Union and Implemented by UNDP

Duration: 15.03.2021 – 14.03.2022

Project costs: 499 528, 94 EUR


  • Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia (SOS) (koordinator)
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of electrical engineering, Slovenia
  •  ZaVita consulting, Slovenia
  • STRITIH sustainable development, Slovenia