Civil Development Organization (CDO) is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organization established in 1999. Since then CDO has been one of the most active NGOs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq cooperating with local NGOs, being involved in regional and international networks and working in partnership with international organizations.
CDO was founded in the interest of defending the human rights of the marginalized. Accordingly, CDO has directed its efforts towards assisting mainly Syrian and Iranian refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities, minorities, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in society. Moreover, CDO focuses on reducing the gender gap by fighting societal exclusion for women and violence against women. By reaching wide CDO aims to ensure welfare and to develop a society in which all are entitled to basic rights.