Iraq is one of the world’s most ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse countries. Unfortunately, the long and turbulent political history of Iraq has led the country to be divided along sectarian lines. The socio-political divisions have led to a series of armed conflicts, an obstruction of democratic practice, and a breakdown of inclusive public life for the different societal components of Iraq. Although some political progress was made with the introduction of a new constitution and the holding of several parliamentary and local government elections, pressure on the social and political fabric of Iraq is still on the rise. The practice of citizenship in Iraq remains fragmented with many social groups being excluded from public life.

Adyan has been working in Iraq since 2015 – based on its belief in the richness and added value of diversity – to contribute to the country’s exit from its accumulated crises and erode the obstacle of socio-political sectarian divisions in the face of human development. Throughout the experience, Adyan identified a major problem pertaining to national dialogue between the different factions of Iraqi society, rooted in a failure of communication between the different social and religious groups in the country, which in turn has resulted in a lack of solid initiatives towards unifying an inclusive and common vision for citizenship.


Inclusive Governance, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Iraqi activists & Journalists


March 2018 – May 2021




Impact: To enhance dialogue channels between the different groups and create a socio-political environment that is conducive to inclusive citizenship and coexistence in Iraq by advancing the needed capacities for diversity management and cultural governance.

  • Outcome 1: Providing a sustainable platform for constructive dialogue between decision-makers and stakeholders for citizenship and coexistence.
  • Outcome 2: Empower key stakeholders and leaders in Iraq, including representatives of minorities, with the needed skills for political dialogue and cultural governance to enhance inclusive citizenship and freedom of religion and belief.
  • Outcome 3: Stimulating public opinion on issues of pluralism and inclusive citizenship as well as on the current national priority issues facing coexistence and reconciliation.
  • Outcome 4: Engaging track 1 leadership – ministers, parliamentarians, and religious leaders – in the process for enhanced inclusive citizenship and coexistence.


Abdo SaadHead of Programs

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