Ali Taher Al-Hammood – Executive director at Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies
Ali Abdulhadi Al-Ma’mory – Researcher
Al-Bayan Center for Studies and Planning launched a draft strategy for dialogue and participation in Iraq in cooperation with the German organization GIZ. The draft is a result of many months of dialogues, and 25 interviews with decision-makers and specialists, and under the supervision of the working group, which consisted of decision-making officials in the Ministry of Planning, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the National Security Adviser, academics, and representatives of civil society organizations.
 The introduction to the strategy stated:

Iraq has the qualifications necessary to build an active dialogue and participation at the national and local levels, with a legal and administrative environment that contributes to creating an atmosphere that supports dialogue and participation. However, this process faces obstacles to the completion of this process, which lie in a lack of legal legislation that obliges the establishment of active dialogue and participation between government institutions and society. In addition to the lack of social and cultural awareness of the means and fields that allow citizens to participate in the dialogue and participation in the making of public policy.
This strategy was based on analyzing the dialogue and participation environment in Iraq. The legal, economic, social, political, and cultural dimensions of this environment that affect citizen awareness and community participation were diagnosed. As well as identifying the aspects affecting the sustainability of dialogue and participation methods.
The strategy of dialogue and participation represents explicitly the levels of dialogue and participation, as well as the objectives that can be adopted by the legislative and executive authorities, governorate Councils, and civil society institutions, in order for dialogue to be an approach and participation to be a behavior that enhances the democratic values connected to the Iraqi Constitution and political system after 2003 and to promote communication between the government and society.
The strategy includes three main pillars:
The first involves diagnosing the legislative environment and laws related to dialogue and participation.
The second focuses on building the capacities of institutions involved in the strategy.
The third aims to raise awareness while ensuring consideration of social gender and diversity in Iraq.

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