The Iraqi Institution for Development (IID) was established in 2003 by a group of young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds in Mosul, Iraq. The main focus of the organisation's work is on conducting research and providing training consultancy in human rights and peacebuilding, and to disseminate the principles of freedom of expression without discrimination on the basis of religion, gender or creed.
IID aspires to a society that respects human rights and a culture of developed democratic dialogue. In doing so it is hoped Iraq will become a more participatory system in which all social groups participate and work on the basis of nonviolence to claim their rights, and work to build relationships between individuals and groups that support these principles.
IID's main goals are:
- The consolidation of human rights at all levels.
- To spread a culture of peace and tolerance.
- To promote democracy and tolerance in Iraq.
- To build bridges between non-governmental organisations, to share information and increase their capacity.
- Monitoring electoral violence. This project ran for four years and served 5,000 people.
- Strengthening the capacity of Iraqi organisations to analyse conflict and build peace. This 3 year project involved 75 local NGOs.
- Conducting a report on conflict dynamics in Sinjar, funded by UNOPSn for three months and targeted 900 people.
- Youth participation in conflict mitigation. Funded by Mercy Corps, this ran for two years and targeted 3,000 young people.
- Youth toward peace project, funded by NPA for six months and targeting 25 young people.