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Making an Impact in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq

Making an Impact in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq: Summary of Four Studies to Assess the Present and Future Labor Market, Improve Technical Vocational Education and Training, Reform the Health Sector, and Build Data Collection Capacity

C. Ross Anthony
Louay Constant
Shelby Culbertson
Peter Glick
Krishna B. Kumar
Robin C. Meili
Melinda Moore
Howard J. Shatz
Georges Vernez
Copyright Date: 2015
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 58
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    Making an Impact in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq
    Book Description:

    This executive summary describes key results from four studies carried out by the RAND Corporation in Phase II of its work for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). RAND’s work aims to help the KRG expand access to high-quality technical and vocational education and training; improve access to, the quality of, and financing for health care; improve the private sector labor market; and prepare and conduct the Kurdistan Region Labor Force Survey.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8930-4
    Subjects: History, Business, Health Sciences, Management & Organizational Behavior

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures and Tables
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Abbreviations
    (pp. xi-xii)
  7. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-2)

    This executive summary describes key results from four studies carried out by RAND as part of Phase II of its work for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

    The first study, described in Chapter Two, addresses the question of how the KRG can improve the private-sector labor market in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq (KRI). Policymakers want to guide the KRI toward a private-sector–driven economy. Doing so will involve creating a mechanism by which job-seekers can develop the right skills and find employers who will hire them, employers can find the employees they need, and the government can create an enabling...

  8. CHAPTER TWO Assessing the Present and Future Labor Market in the KRI
    (pp. 3-12)

    The KRI is developing rapidly. Fueled by its natural resource wealth, the economy is growing, especially in infrastructure and services. Although a large share of the economy remains in the government sector, the KRG has been promoting a larger role for the private sector. To develop a private sector that can further fuel and sustain this economic growth, KRG policymakers will need to take steps to develop a more robust labor market that can supply the necessary skills. This study addresses the issue of how the KRG can promote a labor market that is responsive to the needs of the...

  9. CHAPTER THREE Improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the KRI
    (pp. 13-24)

    The KRI is enjoying rapid economic growth, creating many new jobs. Many of these jobs require a solid education and technical skills. The ability of the KRI and its government to provide needed skills to the labor force will help to determine how rapidly the region’s economy will grow.

    Over the past few years, the KRG has launched an ambitious reform of basic and secondary education and has expanded opportunities for tertiary technical and university education (Vernez, Culbertson, and Constant, 2012). However, secondary-level vocational education has lagged, leaving many students who cannot or do not want to pursue postsecondary education...

  10. CHAPTER FOUR Health Sector Reform in the KRI
    (pp. 25-36)

    The KRG asked RAND to help guide reform of the health care system in the KRI. The overarching goal of reform was to establish a health system that would provide high-quality services efficiently to everyone to prevent, treat, and manage physical and mental illnesses and injuries. In the first phase of our work, we focused on (1) primary care, (2) projecting health care demand and utilization, and (3) laying out the principles of health finance reform. This section summarizes the second phase of RAND’s work.

    In Phase II of the study, we analyzed three distinct but intertwined health policy issue...

  11. CHAPTER FIVE Capacity Building at the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office Through Data Collection
    (pp. 37-44)

    Comprehensive and reliable statistics are crucial for policy development in any region or country. Statistics make it possible to identify the most pressing policy needs, track the progress of policies and initiatives currently in place, and plan for future development. Most importantly, statistics provide the foundation for successful policy planning in many areas. The KRI has been hampered by the lack of such statistics as it aims to improve infrastructure, encourage private-sector development, attract foreign investment, and create sustained economic growth.

    In a previous study for the KRG (Berry et al., 2012), RAND

    assessed the KRG’s existing institutional arrangements for...

  12. References
    (pp. 45-46)