Liwan is an independent Iraqi NGO established in response to cultural collapse that the country has experienced. It is led and managed by an Iraqi team, made up of archaeologists, architects, engineers, historians and those concerned with safeguarding and promoting Iraq's unique cultural heritage.
Liwan was established as a call to action, to address Iraq's cultural heritage needs, develop stronger community and societal engagement, and work towards an Iraq that champions its past as a way to pursue peace, stability and respect for all.
Iraq requires multi-stakeholder engagement, across the broad, to address its cultural, educational and heritage challenges. We strive to work across society, engaging with people and structures, in ways that build trust and develop sustainability. The tasks at hand are huge, but together we can make a difference.
The name Liwan means a long narrow-fronted hall or vaulted portal found in buildings in the Middle East and elsewhere, an architectural term that dates back to millennia.
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