from our blog.
LESSONS FOR BAGHDAD
& ERBIL FROM THE
CAN A NATIONAL
CONSENSUS IN IRAQ?
Established in 2019, Iraq Policy Group (IPG) provides a platform for Iraqi and international decision-makers, policy-makers and analysts to develop policy-specific analysis and actionable policy recommendations. IPG is particularly focused on and committed to youth empowerment, and harnesses the multi-disciplinary expertise of the policy-making community in Iraq and globally to aid and enhance Iraq's attempts to regenerate and diversify its economy, reform the public sector and enable job creation and youth empowerment, while also focusing on other over-lapping issues including security sector reform, decentralisation and power-sharing. Iraq suffers from a series of problems but there is widespread hope that the country will stabilise and turn a new chapter to address underlying political and economic issues to bring prosperity for the Iraqi people after years of conflict and devastation. Working with its partners and supporters, including Al Nahrain University in Baghdad, the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Oxford University, among others, IPG is dedicated to enhancing the relationship between decision-makers and the youth, and to ensuring Iraq's past and recent history does not define their future.
who we work with.
Engaging local actors, civil-society & businesses to secure sustainable development, peace and security.
Addressing leading causes of economic & social inequality to help communities prosper & address the disconnect between the youth and decision-makers.
Working across government departments & institutions to devise viable & actionable policy analysis.
of the Iraqi population is under the age of 24
Number of Iraqi graduates who require jobs every year
of the Iraqi budget goes toward public sector salaries
Education & Youth
Iraq's youth are the cornerstone of the country's future. IPG harnesses and empowers young professionals, talented graduates and the next generation of leaders. Iraqi society has highly-skilled individuals who have substantial intellectual, strategic and political acumen. But these leaders and influencers have, so far, constituted an untapped human resource. IPG is designed to address the disconnect between the youth and decision-makers.
Prosperity depends on good governance and economic regeneration. Working with Iraqi and international stakeholders, IPG focuses on economic diversification, public sector reform, inclusive and sustainable governance. Through field research and the support and leadership of our partners, IPG is committed to enabling actionable and realistic policy-recommendations to help Iraq turn a new chapter in the wake of the territorial defeat of ISIS.
Security Sector Reform
IPG strives to develop a culture of accountability in Iraq and amongst decision-makers by developing and implementing mechanisms that will realise this objective. IPG aims to address the most pressing and long-standing of challenges like security sector reform through the creation of a stronger nexus between the state and the public to ensure decision makers act on policy analysis and advice to ensure greater impact and sustainability. IPG works across the Iraqi political spectrum.
Employment & Services
IPG provides analysis, policy recommendations and ultimately a platform that will help restore Iraq's regional relationships, establish pathways to increased investment and help build the institutional pillars that will result in a modernised approach to the economic regeneration of the country. More than 700,000 graduates need jobs every year. IPG is committed to enabling economic diversification and youth empowerment to reduce dependency on the state.
engage. empower. enable.
Public Sector Reforms
Working directly with the Iraqi government and our international partners, IPG is dedicated to engaging and empowering Iraq's youth to enable opportunity structures for public sector reforms, an entrepreneurial culture and a diversified economy. IPG believes the past does not have to be the future for Iraq's youth and creates capacity building opportunities for the next generation of Iraqi professionals to engage and interact with their counterparts from across the globe through our cross-cutting regional and international partnerships. Our Engage, Empower & Enable scheme sees select groups of talented young Iraqis from all backgrounds invited to renowned fora and conferences to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their policy-making skills, exchange ideas and broaden their networks.