Accession Number:

ADA510323

Title:

Status of Ministerial Capacity Development in Iraq

Descriptive Note:

Audit rept.

Corporate Author:

SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA

Report Date:

2007-01-30

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

Iraqs governing capacity has suffered from years of centralized control that led to the decay of core functions in many key institutions and ministries. Government systems and processes weakened in such areas as strategic and policy planning, finance, information technology, and human resources management. For almost 30 years, the central government neglected to develop a professional civil service, which fostered poor management practices. After the fall of Saddam Husseins regime in 2003, governing capacity continued to deteriorate during the formation of multiple governments. The current government, in office for about 7 months, must deal with the ongoing sectarian strife and increased violence that continues to impede Coalition nation-building and related capacity-development efforts. This audit examined the status of the ministerial capacity-development initiatives in Iraq as of December 2006. The objectives of this audit were to determine whether U.S. Government organizations had plans and programs in place for capacity development in the Iraqi government ministries. Specifically, we addressed the following questions 1 Have U.S. Government organizations, such as the Department of State and USAID, assessed the competency of the responsible Iraqi ministries for the long-term management of essential government functions and services 2 What are their programs for addressing the identified shortcomings 3 What performance indicators or metrics will be used to measure progress, and who has overall responsibility for measuring progress 4 Have U.S. Government organizations identified adequate funding and 5 Is the U.S. Government working with other donor nations and institutions to coordinate, fund, and develop solutions for a comprehensive capacity-development program in future years

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE