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Civil Devlopment Organization:
The Civil Development Organization (CDO) is a non-governmental, non-profit independent organization which was founded in 1999, in cooperation with the Swedish organization Diakonia.
CDO worked under the umbrella of Diakonia for 2 years. In April 2001 it got recognition from the Ministry of Humanitarian Aid in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional government.
Aims of CDO are:
Improving the Human Rights situation of refugees and IDPs in the Kurdistan region of Iraq
Raising the capacity of Civil Society Organizations.
Raising the capacity of women in the field of leadership and combatting violence against women.
Promoting democracy principles and building peace in conflict areas.
Providing legal assistance for marginalized groups in society.
The CDO Departments:
Human Rights Department
Women Affairs Department
Democracy Training Center
Protection and Assistance Center (PAC)
The Civil Development Organization has built close relationships with other Kurdish and Iraqi non-governmental organizations. It has been member of several local networks, heading some of them. CDO's activities and projects so far have been promoted by about 40 international organizations; we benefit from long term corporation with ten of them.