Ufuq in the Iraqi Human Development Conference

Mr. Wissam Ibrahim, Executive Director of Ufuq Organization, attended the Iraqi Human Development Conference. The conference was held by the World Bank in cooperation with official Iraqi institutions such as the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Health.
The conference dealt with the state of education in Iraq, focusing on the issue of financing education, and the rate of spending on education compared to other sectors such as spending on defense and armaments.
We recorded many observations on the conference, we believe that the most important of them is the complete exclusion of the local Iraqi civil society from the conference discussions, even the interventions were exclusive to the officials. This is a dangerous indicator that we note its escalation, as the local community and civil society organizations are excluded from the joint work between international organizations and official Iraqi institutions.