Title The Reconstruction of Iraq after 2003
Subtitle Learning from Its Successes and Failures
Author Hideki Matsunaga
ISBN 9781464813900
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 134
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher The World Bank
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Beginning in 2003, diverse and significant actors, both domestic and international, engaged in reconstruction activities in Iraq. The total budget committed to Iraq’s reconstruction was unprecedented among postconflict operations mobilized by the international community. Despite the vast sums of money spent, and the implementation of its many projects and programs, the donors and the Iraqi people view the reconstruction efforts in Iraq in a negative light.

The Reconstruction of Iraq after 2003: Learning from Its Successes and Failures focuses on the period between 2003 and 2014—that is, after the United States–led invasion and overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime, and before the sudden rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Daesh. This book assesses several dimensions of Iraq’s reconstruction. First, it considers the response of key international actors, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the United States, and other bilateral donors—specifically, the European Union, Japan, and the United Kingdom—as well as nongovernmental organizations. Second, it analyzes the process and results of the reconstruction of key sectors (electricity, oil, education, and health), and the interventions geared to institution building and governance reform.

Pursuing effective reconstruction within the context of conflict and fragility is a formidable challenge because of the uncertain, fluid, and complex environment. Based on the experience in Iraq, how can the international community support the effectiveness and durability of reconstruction? This book identifies lessons in seven areas and offers four recommendations for international and domestic actors and citizens engaged in reconstruction activities.

The Reconstruction of Iraq after 2003 is important reading for development practitioners and policy makers who are or will be engaged in reconstruction efforts in fragile and conflict-affected environments.




Overview • The Context for Iraq’s Reconstruction • The International Response to Iraq’s Reconstruction Needs • Reconstruction’s Impact on Iraq’s Economy and Job Creation • The Reconstruction of Infrastructure, Human Capital, and Social Services • Governance, Institutional Reform, and Private Sector Development • Lessons for International Donors and Organizations • Recommendations for Future Reconstruction • Methodology • References

Chapter 1: Reconstruction Challenges in Iraq • Introduction • Security • Institutions • The Economy • Annex 1A: Phases of Iraqi Reconstruction, March 2003 to June 2014 • Notes • References

Chapter 2: International Engagement in the Reconstruction of Iraq • Overview of International Actors • Key Actors in the International Response • Challenges to the International Response • Notes • References

Chapter 3: The Reconstruction of Iraqi Infrastructure and Human Capital • The Electricity Sector • The Oil Sector • The Education Sector • The Health Sector • Notes • References

Chapter 4: Institution Building, Governance Reform, and Private Sector Development • Capacity Development and Institution Building • Governance Reform: Decentralization and Local Governance • Governance Reform: Tackling Corruption • Private Sector Development • Annex 4A: Disputes over Decentralization in Iraq • Notes • References

Chapter 5: Lessons Learned from the Reconstruction of Iraq • Working with National Institutions and Cultivating National Ownership • Effective Implementation in Insecure Environments • Improving the Effectiveness of Donor Funding for Reconstruction • Enhancing Accountability in Reconstruction • Improving the Assessment Process and Prioritization • Donor Coordination with National Institutions • Procurement and Contracting • Notes • References

Chapter 6: Recommendations for Future Reconstruction Operations • Reconstruction in Fragile and Conflict Settings: Uncertain, Fluid, and Complex • Reinforcing National Success • Balancing Time and Scale in Operations • Promoting Private Sector Engagement in Fragile Settings • Reinforcing the Security-Development Nexus • The Future of Reconstruction in Fragile and Conflict Settings • References

Target Audience:

This book is important reading for development practitioners and policy makers who are or will be engaged in reconstruction efforts in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

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