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An Ecosystem is Born: Discussing Startup Weekend Baghdad with Ibrahim al...

Only 10 years ago, internet penetration in Iraq was incredibly low, hovering around 1-2%. Globally, development experts worried that the digital divide could be...

Leapfrog Logistics: Digitising Delivery in Iraq

In the second part of our series on Iraq’s burgeoning tech sector, we spoke with Sandoog CMO and co-founder Mustafa al Obaidi. Last week,...

Iraq’s New Digital Economy: An Interview with Mohammed Khudairi

This is the first in a series of interviews looking at Iraq’s emerging digital economy, beginning with a discussion on how Iraq can sustain...

Governance and Conflict Risk: The View from Iraq

A 2017 review of hundreds of studies on stable, peaceful governance points to where we have gone wrong in trying to foster development. What...

Cash Transfer Programming (Part 3): Problems and Opportunities

This is the final part of a three-article series that seeks to provide an overview of recent literature on the ongoing debate on cash...

Cash Transfer Programming (Part 2): CTP in Iraq

In Iraq, interest has been growing in several types of Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) aside from existing humanitarian Unconditional Cash Transfers (UCTs) for IDPs,...

One Tool, Many Problems: the Case for Cash Transfers (Part 1)

The following three articles seek to provide an overview of recent literature on the ongoing debate on cash transfer programming (CTP) essentially using cash...

Iraq’s 2019 Draft Budget Law Analysis

Iraq’s first draft budget for 2019 shows an overall increase in spending of 23% compared to 2018. Oil revenues still dominate sources of revenue,...

The Need for Middle East Economic Confederal Union

The following paper explores the common geo-economic interests of Middle Eastern countries on water, energy, trade and security. It comprises three contributions, an introduction...

Developing Iraq’s Infrastructure Through a Sovereign Wealth Fund

The oil sector is the single main source of income for Iraq. The Iraqi government currently employs over 40% of the population with 90% of...

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