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Initiative timeframe: 2009/2015

Total initiative costs

€ 1,920,420.0
Reparted as
  • Loans -
  • Grants € 1,920,420.0


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Baghdad, Erbil

The intervention aims at the implementation of the reconstruction plan of the country as well as programmed in the National Development Strategy, with a special focus on diversification of productive activities, almost entirely dependent on the energy sector, with a glance to the development of the tourism sector. The intent is to ensure the capacity building of all institutions involved, mainly for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and its Direction for museums, related to buildings and artefacts enhancement, Museum of Baghdad exhibits organization and for the archaeological sites, with actions designed to create economic returns for the populations, promoting investment for tourism development, including all cultural activities. The intervention will follow the following key-element directions: a) strengthening of the competences of Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism/State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) through capacity building initiatives; b) planning the Master Plan and tender specifications for the reorganization of the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad c) enhancement and improvement of museum organization through the realization of a GSI system for a better management of the network of central and local museums the rehabilitation of several buildings belonging to the Museums Directorate; d) training on archaeological site conservation with activities on the Ur site and in the Nassiriya Museum; e) adaptation of the exhibition rooms and new organization of the metal showcases, air conditioning system, security of the exhibition rooms adjoining the Assyrian gallery of the National Museum in Baghdad. read more close

Main outcome

The initiative will contribute towards the growth of the learned, educational and religious tourism not only in Iraq but also in the neighboring Countries, staking enhanced Country’s identity knowledge.

Initiative data

Initiative number 009224
Purpose Culture and recreation
Sector Other Social Infrastructure & Services


Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH)
Other financiers 150.000,00 euro – MIBAC


Direct beneficiaries will be the local Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Museums Directorate; on the other side, like indirect beneficiaries it could be consider the tourism industry and cultural associations.


The biggest gap in implementing the project has been the difficult safety situation in all the country. Moreover in Kurdistan the conflictual relationship between the Kurdish Regional Government and the Iraqi authorities have created hard constraints to the daily work. The Italian Cooperation is highly active in many activities regarding the safeguard and recovery of the Museum of Baghdad, Dohuk and Suleymania. MIBACT, in fact, it maintains great working relationships with Departments for the Antiquities (SBAH), which will facilitate to support future actions favor of sites threatened or damaged recently by Daesh. With MIBACT has therefore been already initiated a dialogue aimed at identifying a new cooperation initiative dedicated to this specific aspect: monitoring and safeguarding cultural heritage treasures through sites and artifacts census and data-base collection.

Delays in pursuing the activities

Actions taken

To be decided


Status Ongoing
Type Technical Assistance/Consultancy and related expenses
Procedure Direct Contracting/Direct Assignment
Procurement notice -