On Sunday, September 24, Professionals for a Better Iraq (PBI) held their First Annual Assembly in northern Virginia where 60 Iraqi-American professionals came together for the opportunity to network and contribute to a shared vision for Iraq’s future. PBI is EPIC’s implementing partner on our Connection Initiative which aims to link members of Iraq’s talented diaspora living in the United States with civil society organizations in Iraq receptive to and in-need of their skillsets.
Based on a recent visit to northern Iraq, EPIC Executive Director Erik Gustafson spoke to those gathered on the outsized need facing many of Iraq’s civil society organizations as they seek to rebuild and reconstruct in a post-ISIS period. EPIC’s research has shown that civil society is indeed stepping up to fill the gaps where government services often fall short – but their capacities to do so can be augmented by the guidance and expertise of members of the diaspora looking to contribute meaningfully to their homeland.
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