As a result of the role strategic planning plays in achieving the economic development and welfare of citizens, the Ministry of Planning in Kurdistan, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has developed strategic development plans for the three Provinces of Kurdistan: Erbil, Suleimaniyah and Duhok. Through the Local Area Development Program and through specialized technical support and global expertise, the UNDP provided the necessary support for the staff and local committees in each Province, to implement the process of strategic planning through a collaborative and integrated approach, in order to achieve a better future that takes into consideration the available resources, opportunities and challenges.
This strategic plan for Duhok Province comes after a three-year time gap after the last strategic plan of the Province, which ended in 2012. The plan was prepared through a high level collaboration that included more than 500 representatives of the various segments of the society, from Districts and Sub- representatives with representatives of all sectors, to stakeholders from governmental bodies and representatives of the private sector and local entities, in addition to local experts and the youth.
The plan specified six general strategic priorities that would contribute to achieving the future vision of the Province: 1) Contributing to the diversification of the economy, 2) Utilizing the geographic location, 3) Elevating the administrative and financial efficiency, 4) Developing local public services, 5) Improving an investment-attractive environment, and 6) Developing human resources. These priorities are considered the guiding and steering compass for the decision makers and stakeholders regarding the developmental priorities in Duhok for the three upcoming years (2016-2018), which are likely to remain strategic priorities for a phase longer than the three years comprising the timeline of this plan. The Province’s strategic plan has been developed through a technical support from Medal Co. and with the availability of a specialized team of experts in the field of strategic planning and results-oriented strategic management in the public sector.
The plan adopted the Results-Oriented Budgeting methodology, where interventions and projects in the strategic plan’s implementation agenda were organized under six main programs that enable the Province from estimating the annual expenditure on each program, which would facilitate managing annual financial allocations and evaluating their effect. The strategic plan of Duhok was developed through a technical support from Medal Co. and with the availability of a specialized team of experts in the field of strategic planning and results-oriented strategic management in the public sector.
The six implementation programs reflect the mechanisms through which the strategic priorities would be achieved, they are: 1) Legislative and legal amendments, 2) Restructuring, 3) Developing human resources, 4) Providing research and development, 5) Media and awareness, and 6) Technical/sectoral projects.
This strategy was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning – Iraqi Kurdistan, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), cost sharing by the European Union (EU), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).