The US-led invasion of 2003, and the subsequent overthrow of Saddam Hussein, fuelled a violent insurgency that has sharpened ethnic, tribal and sectarian divisions.

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GCCT members from Iraq

1) Civil Development Organization (CDO)

The Civil Development Organization’s goal is to strengthen civil society in Iraqi through capacity-building, promoting peace and democracy, developing human rights, providing legal aid to vulnerable groups, and observing elections and governments’ work. Read more…


2) INSAN Iraqi Society

INSAN Iraqi Society works to decrease conflict and promote peaceful co-existence through promoting fair participation of individuals and civil society in community development processes and ensuring fair access to services to all. Read more…


3) Kurdistan Villages Reconstruction Association Organisation

The Kurdistan Villages Reconstruction Association (KVRA) works to increase access to essential humanitarian assistance in order to rehabilitate Iraq and to improve the basic living conditions of the poor. KVRA supports the development of Iraqi civil society, as a means of upholding democratic values and structures. Read more…


4) Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT)

The mission of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) is to bring all Iraqi groups together in peace to work for the good of the country by getting in the way of violence while encouraging the people to be self sufficient. Read more…


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