May 8, 2013
In 2010, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) asked the RAND Corporation to undertake four studies aimed at improving the economic and social development of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. RAND's work was intended to help the KRG expand access to high-quality education and health care, increase private-sector development and employment for the expanding labor force, and design a data-collection system to support high-priority policies. The studies were carried out over the year beginning February 2010. The RAND teams worked closely with the Ministries of Planning, Education, and Health to develop targeted solutions to the critical issues faced by the KRG. This document summarizes the four studies, the detailed findings of which have been published in four separate reports. It is intended to provide a high-level overview of the approaches followed by the studies and their key findings and major recommendations.
Strategies for Private-Sector Development and Civil-Service Reform in the Kurdistan Region — Iraq
Strategic Priorities for Improving Access to Quality Education in the Kurdistan Region — Iraq
The Future of Health Care in the Kurdistan Region — Iraq
Developing a System for Collecting Policy-Relevant Data for the Kurdistan Region — Iraq
Summary and Conclusion