Iraq Country Programme 2016-2019

UNICEF in Iraq

UNICEF's Role in Iraq

How UNICEF operates in Iraq

Iraq Country Programme 2011-2014


Iraq Country Programme 2011-2014

What is the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP)?


CPAP is a four year framework that outlines how UNICEF and the Government of Iraq will work together to improve the situation of Iraqi children. The cooperation agreement signed by the Government of Iraq and UNICEF is based on Iraq’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2010-2014 and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2011 – 2014.  UNICEF’s 2011-2014 CPAP was prepared in full consultation with the Government of Iraq, civil society, members of the international community, and media. 

Highlights from UNICEF’s 2011-2014 Country Programme Action Plan


UNICEF in Iraq implements its activities through five programmes. (1) Child Protection; (2) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; (3) Survival and Growth; (4) Quality Learning and Development; (5) Planning/Policy, Advocacy, Communications, Knowledge and Strategic Partnerships and Interventions.  Below is a brief outline of the priorities of each programme:


Child Protection

  • Strengthening child protection systems in Iraq to enable the Government of Iraq to develop and implement policies and programmes for the protection of boys and girls in line with international Conventions, the Iraqi Constitution and legislation.
  • Ensuring that the Iraqi State has institutionalized justice for children and preventive and protective mechanisms to combat child rights violations, including gender-based violence.

Water and Sanitation

  • Development of a national Water and Sanitation Policy and the modernization of the sector.
  • Ensure that a total of two million people in deprived and vulnerable communities benefit from new or improved access to sustainable safe water, sanitation and waste services, which will accelerate Iraq’s Millennium Development Goal 7 targets with equity.

Survival and Growth

  • Assisting the Government of Iraq to develop policies and mechanisms to deliver high quality basic health services.
  • Assist the Government of Iraq in ensuring that more women and children have access to high quality Primary Health Care, which will accelerate the attainment of Iraq’s Millennium Development Goal 4, 5 and 6 targets.

Quality Learning and Development

  • Development of evidence-based, gender-sensitive policies and systems at national and governorate levels, particularly the National Education Strategy and the Iraq-Public Sector Modernization programme.
  • Increase in the primary school net enrolment rate from the current 84.8 percent (IHES) to 98 percent with increased gender parity until Grade 6 as well as retention (reduced dropout) to achieve school completion rates of 90%.


  • Advocating for more efficient, accountable and participatory governance at national and sub-national levels through launch of an ‘Iraq Fit for Children’ movement.
  • Creating a robust child-centred knowledge bank to aid evidence-based decision-making, planning, monitoring and evaluation.



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