The major impediments for Iraq receiving more money is the lack of a strategy, and fears of what will happen to donations. In March 2019, the European Union’s ambassador to Iraq told the Christian Science Monitor that the EU had funds and plans to help Iraq but that there was no leadership coming from Baghdad. Without that Europe was more inclined to give to the United Nations and NGOs. Similarly,
In June it was reported that the Carnegie Middle East Center found no reconstruction strategy from the Mahdi government. The huge levels of corruption is another issue. The media has talked about politicians manipulating contracts, and the embezzlement of millions already. Without any vision from the prime minister, and a lack of interest in rebuilding by Baghdad beyond calls for others to give money the international community cannot be expected to step in.
The result is that large swaths of the country remain destroyed, services are subpar even in areas that have been put back together, and there is a lack of jobs and opportunity across post-war regions. The widespread graft within the government also means that if more was provided a lot of it would disappear into people’s pockets instead of helping the public.