Iraq Reconstruction: ESCWA Iraq Task Force


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Professionals For Iraq Reconstruction Registry: Background


The idea for this database was initiated by Dr. Zaid Abdul-Hadi Haba and subsequently the Economic and Social Committee for West Asia of the United Nations (ESCWA) graciously agreed to support the development and house the website. The International Center For Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) Computer and Biometrics Services Unit web development team, with strong support from ICARDA Management developed this website. We hope that this database will be a valuable resource for the challenging task of rejuvenating the country and we invite Iraqi and non-Iraqi experts to register and put their profiles on the database.

When you click on Register this will take you to the PIR registration form so that you may fill in your particulars. When you finish the first page of the registration form and hit “Continue” you will be prompted to enter the password that you want to use in future to modify or update your information. You will also be able to upload your CV or download, or fill and append the Personal History Form (P11) used by the UN. Using your userID and password you will be able in future to edit and update your data anytime by clicking on Edit.

Once you have completed and uploaded the form, the Administrator of the database will be automatically notified and he will make a final check on the data before adding it to the database. The database is searchable with various criteria and will be used by the UN organizations, NGOs and the Iraqi Administration to select potential candidates for reconstruction projects. They will in turn approach you directly for your interest and availability for that project.


Facts About Iraq


33 00 N, 44 00 E


total: 437,072 sq km
water: 4,910 sq km
land: 432,162 sq km


total: 3,650 km
border countries: Iran 1,458 km, Jordan 181 km, Kuwait 240 km, Saudi Arabia 814 km, Syria 605 km, Turkey 352 km


mostly desert; mild to cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers; northern mountainous regions along Iranian and Turkish borders experience cold winters with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring, sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq


mostly broad plains; reedy marshes along Iranian border in south with large flooded areas; mountains along borders with Iran and Turkey

Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, phosphates, sulfur

Land use

arable land: 11.89%
permanent crops: 0.78%
other: 87.33% (1998 est.)

Irrigated land

35,250 sq km (1998 est.)


24,001,816 (July 2002 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 41.1% (male 5,003,755; female 4,849,238)
15-64 years: 55.9% (male 6,794,265; female 6,624,662)
65 years and over: 3% (male 341,520; female 388,376) (2002 est.)

Population growth

2.82% (2002 est.)

Birth rate

34.2 births/1,000 population (2002 est.)

Infant mortality rate

57.61 deaths/1,000 live births (2002 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 67.38 years
female: 68.5 years (2002 est.)
male: 66.31 years

Ethnic groups

Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian or other 5%


Muslim 97%,  Christian or other 3%


Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Assyrian, Armenian


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 58%
male: 70.7%
female: 45% (1995 est.)

Agriculture Sector