As part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, the Iraq Common Country Analysis (CCA) includes contextual, political, economic and social challenges, and reduces the duplication by other development actors who need updated background information about Iraq to guide and focus their interventions. It also enables the United Nations and its development partners to support national priorities and obligations; contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and define parameters within which to operate at a level to achieve results. The CCA is a living document that will be updated on a continuous basis to reflect situational developments.
This new 2021 Common Country Analysis was initiated in January 2021 at the request of the Iraqi Minister of Planning, who invited the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iraq to update the 2021 edition of the Common Country Analysis with the latest insights on the Covid-19 pandemic, the impact of the recent fluctuations in oil price on the development of Iraq, and the legacy of the protests and demonstrations by mainly Iraqi youth demanding greater accountability and transparency from their Government. This analysis was produced with support from the Bretton Woods Institutions (the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank) in the Middle East, as well as the Economic and Social Commission for Wester Asia (ESCWA).