HERA’s President, Davey Gibian, recently met with Mr. Akram Jamo in his offices in Erbil, Iraq. The meeting reaffirmed HERA’s commitment to supporting the Kurdish Regional Government’s handling of the humanitarian crisis caused by ISIS. In 2017, HERA will continue to expand our anti-gender-based violence initiatives while directly supporting Mr. Jamo's office.
"We are honored to be meeting with Mr. Jamo and look forward to furthering our support for his office. His team and its dedication to humanitarian efforts is a testament to the strength of the people of the Kurdish Region of Iraq." - Davey Gibian, HERA President
Mr. Jamo is a member of the President’s council of ministers, the Kurdish Region of Iraq’s equivalent to the US Presidential Cabinet. He is the Head of Department for the Department of NGOs, reporting directly to President Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdish Regional Government.
Mr. Jamo’s office is small, with less than 50 people in the office itself. Despite their small size, the organization oversees the thousands of NGOs, non-profits, and other international organizations supporting the local populations in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. This small team is tasked with the herculean task of coordinating between thousands of NGOs, the government, international groups, and outside monitoring organizations on matters of healthcare, humanitarian aid, education, gender-based violence, and more.
“Many other government offices get to leave at regular hours,” Mr. Jamo said. “We do not have that luxury”.
Often working late hours, his team has been extremely busy since the rise of ISIS in 2014.
In 2017, HERA will be working closely with Mr. Jamo’s office to implement managerial techniques and procedures to ensure more efficient aid delivery, distribution, monitoring, and coordination between international and local NGOs.