Strengthening Iraqi Civil Servants From the Ground Up

MSI recently won the USAID-funded National and Provincial Administrative Reform Project, known as Tarabot, meaning “linkages” in Arabic.

The Iraqi government serves 30 million people, and the project will help the long-term stability of the Iraqi government through institutional capacity development.

MSI helps to establish connections across Iraq’s ministries at the central and national level, between provincial ministry departments and the provincial government, as well as among civil servants at all levels.

MSI supports Iraq’s strategic goal of strengthening public institutions to improve service delivery processes through better governance and resource management. The project will push decision-making down to the local level to better serve citizen needs and build capacity from the ground up.

Tarabot assists central, provincial and local government institutions to eliminate gaps and build links between civil servants and policymakers in executive and legislative branches. It will create robust policy making and implementation capacity in senior government offices.

To ensure the sustainability of the government, Tarabot will work with Iraqi partners to establish and modernize civil service regulatory institutions, structures, systems and processes.

MSI most recently managed the USAID-funded Tatweer project in Iraq, which focused on rebuilding the government of Iraq’s administrative capacity in 11 ministries and 5 executive agencies. Tatweer aimed to build local capacity by training more than 106,000 ministry officials in five years in modern public administration practices, enabling them to better deliver basic services to the Iraqi people. The success of the Tatweer project laid the groundwork for Tarabot.

MSI is also helping to implement a legislative strengthening project in Iraq.

Tarabot commenced in June and will continue through June 2015.