From 2020 to 2021, The Hague Academy developed a tailor-made training programme on water management for Iraq. The training, part of the Shiraka programme, was initially planned in a blended format, both online and in The Netherlands. The format of the course had to be adjusted to a fully online programme, given the remaining travel restrictions related to Covid-19.
In this training programme, the aim is to enhance the knowledge of the participants on integrated water management, focusing on the implementation of Iraq’s national strategy in practice. This includes addressing both demand and supply-side challenges in Iraq’s water sector. The programme also aims to improve the knowledge and skills of Iraqi water professionals, policymakers and other stakeholders to effectively apply principles of water governance combined with innovative solutions.
“Water management is key for improving people’s livelihoods but also for the economic development and stability of a country. A programme like this is highly valuable, not only because of the knowledge that is exchanged but because of the strength of building such a local network among participants. Professionals from many different backgrounds will now jointly work towards solutions, understanding the nexus between water and food security.” Michel Rentenaar, Dutch Ambassador in Baghdad.
24 participants from different regions in Iraq have been trained to recognise and apply best practices in water management across several key sectors. The participants work for various institutions such as the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture, regional governments, trade unions and knowledge institutes.