Tag Archives | Ali al-Mawlawi

Is Decentralisation in Iraq being Reversed?

By Ali Al-Mawlawi (pictured). Is the Decentralisation Process in Iraq being Reversed? There have been growing signs in Iraq since summer 2018 that the process of devolving powers to local governments is being rolled back – and for justifiable reasons, many would argue. Parliament’s most recent decision to suspend all provincial councils is arguably the […]

Public Payroll Expansion in Iraq: Causes and Consequences

By Ali Al-Mawlawi. Public Payroll Expansion in Iraq: Causes and Consequences The public payroll in Iraq has grown unchecked since 2003, commensurate with the country’s vastly expanding oil wealth. With few alternative sources of government income, the state budget’s growth poses worrying questions about whether this ongoing trend can be sustained without risking economic ruin. […]

Exploring Weaknesses in Iraq’s Policy Planning and Investment

By John Lee. A new report by Ali Al-Mawlawi (pictured) argues that the targets of Iraq’s National Development Plan (NDP) are far too optimistic. In a paper for the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, entitled “Iraq’s National Development Strategies: Exploring Weaknesses in Policy Planning and Investment“, he says greater coordination is required between the […]

Designing Public Financial Management Reform in Iraq

The Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies has just published a new report by Ali Al-Mawlawi on reform of public financial management in Iraq: Designing a Successful Approach to Public Financial Management Reform in Iraq The path to recovery and reconstruction in post-conflict Iraq is fraught with pitfalls. The new government will need to tread […]

Analysing Growth Trends in Public Sector Employment

A new report by Ali Al-Mawlawi (pictured) argues that the illusive nature of long-term stability in the Middle East necessitates a strong commitment by Iraq’s political leaders to develop a sustainable economic and fiscal regime that can absorb future shocks to the system. According to the World Bank, government expenditure as a percentage of GDP […]

Measuring Corruption in Iraq: Between Perceptions and Reality

The following article was written by Ali Al-Mawlawi, an Iraqi research fellow at Baghdad-based independent think tank, the Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform. It was published by openDemocracy, and is reproduced here under their Creative Commons licence. The World Bank has described corruption as ‘the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development.” The prospects […]