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On May 12, 2011, the IMG of Basra province arranged a unique anti-corruption event. The event was a bicycle tour through the areas of Basra province.

The cyclists were wearing white t-shirts written on the back of them “fighting corruption together”. The event was coordinated with the authorities of the province; therefore, many policemen were deployed in the province to block the main streets and intersections in order to secure the route for the tour.

Police vehicles and motorcycles also accompanied the tour from start to finish. Hundreds of people stood on the sides of the streets cheering the cyclists and chanting against corruption. The tour was organized to send a strong message against corruption in the province and to encourage everyone to collaborate against it. At the finish point of the tour, many government officials, NGO activist, IMG members, IF staff and police officers were waiting for the cyclists to greet them. This event had a very positive reaction in the province, because it was the first of its kind.

On April 25, 2011, the Integrity Monitoring Group (IMG) from the Ninawa province attended a session of the the Iraqi Council of Representative (COR). The IMG briefed MPs on thier anti-corruption activities and recmmeded legislative action to curb corruption, including enacting an Access to Information law and Money Laundry law.

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No.

Province

Meetings of March 2011

1

Baghdad

03/01/2011

2

Diyala

03/02/2011

3

Al-Najaf

03/08/2011

4

Wasit

03/05/2011

5

Maysan

03/06/2011

6

Thi-Qar

03/01/2011

7

Kirkuk

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8

Salah Al-Deen

03/07/2011

9

Karbala

03/07/2011

10

Ninawa

03/02/2011

11

Al-Anbar

03/08/2011

12

Basra

03/03/2011

13

Al-Qadisiyyah

03/02/2011

14

Babil

03/08/2011

15

Al-Muthana

03/16/2011

March Radio talk show with PC official , Ninawa province

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Al-Muthana Radio talk show with PC official

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March TV Show in Wasit  province

March IMG meeting with PC members
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IMGs Coalition Meeting  of Basra in March  2011
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No.

Province

Meetings of Feb.2011

Meetings of March 2011

1

Baghdad

02/01/2011

03/01/2011

2

Diyala

02/02/2011

03/02/2011

3

Al-Najaf

02/15/2011

03/08/2011

4

Wasit

02/03/2011

03/05/2011

5

Maysan

02/02/2011

03/06/2011

6

Thi-Qar

02/01/2011

03/01/2011

7

Kirkuk

02/05/2011

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8

Salah Al-Deen

02/05/2011

03/07/2011

9

Karbala

02/06/2011

03/07/2011

10

Ninawa

02/05/2011

03/02/2011

11

Al-Anbar

02/05/2011

03/08/2011

12

Basra

02/02/2011

03/03/2011

13

Al-Qadisiyyah

02/03/2011

03/02/2011

14

Babil

02/02/2011

03/08/2011

15

Al-Muthana

02/02/2011

03/16/2011

No.

Province

Date of Town Hall Meeting

Venue

1

Wasit

05/23/2011

Agriculture Education Hall

2

Basra

05/25/2011

Cultural Center of Basra

3

Maysan

05/14/2011

Al-Huda Organization for Strategic Studies

4

Thi-Qar

05/05/2011

Thi-Qar Businessmen Center

5

Babil

05/26/2011

Rehabilitation Center of Wounded

6

Baghdad

05/15/2011

Zafarania Youth Forum

7

Karbala

05/25/2011

Shabab Al-Hur Center

8

Najaf

05/24/2011

Al-Najef  Hotel

9

Al-Muthana

06/21/2011

Samawa Youth Forum

10

Anbar

05/26/2011

Ramadi Local council Hall

11

Kirkuk

05/26/2011

Kirkuk Cultural Center

During the month of February 2011, IF successfully implemented three coalition building meetings across  Iraq, including the the mid-south region, in Baghdad region, as well as the north-western region as part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) project. During these meetings, IF’s Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs) exchanged information about their activities, discussed successes and challenges, identified best practices, and coordinated their outreach efforts aimed at goverment officials, the media, and the public.

Schedule of coalition building meetings in Feb. 2011:

No.

Province of Implementation

Date of

Participating IMGs

1

Karbala(Mid-South)

February 27-28, 2011

IMG from Karbala, Najef, Wasit, Al-Qadisiyaah

2

Baghdad Region

February 20-21, 2011

IMGs from Baghdad, Anbar, Babil, and Diyala

3

Ninawa( North-West)

February 23-24, 2011

IMGs from Salah Al-Deen, Kirkuk, and Ninawa

4Basra (South)March 29- 30, 2011IMGs from Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Al-Muthanna

Due to security concerns, the Southern Regional Coalition Building Meeting, which was originally scheduled for February, was rescheduled and held on March 29th and 30th.

Baghdad Coalition Building Meeting
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Ninawa coalition building meeting
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Karbala Coalition Meeting
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During the months January and February 2011, IF partner NGOs and IMGs successfully completed the implementation of 14 town-hall meetings in 14 provinces. During those town-hall meetings, the general public was able to interact face to face with the government officials of their provinces, who in return addressed the people’s inquiries and explained anti-corruption efforts and procedures adopted by the local governments. The IMGs presented interim reports on the status of the Agenda for Change being implimented in their province and invited provincial officials to discuss the findings and recommendations delivered by the IMGs and the general public.

No.

Province

Date of Town Hall Meeting

Venue

1

Wasit

02/09/2011

Meeting hall of  Youth and Sports Directorate

2

Basra

02/08/2011

Culture Center of Basra

3

Maysan

02/12/2011

Al-Huda Organization for Strategic Studies

4

Thi-Qar

02/01/2011

Thi-Qar Businessmen Center

5

Babil

02/08/2011

Rehabilitation Center of Wounded

6

Samawa

01/31/2011

HealthCare Center Hall

7

Baghdad

02/02/2011

Zafarania Youth Forum

8

Ninawa

01/27/2011

Ninawa Hotel

9

Karbala

02/01/2011

Parliament bureau

10

Najaf

02/05/2011

Al-Najef  Hotel

11

Anbar

01/31/2011

Ramadi Local council Hall

12

Diyala

02/13/2011

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13

Diwania

02/07/2011

Diwania Hotel

14

Kirkuk

02/15/2011

Sara Hall / Kirkuk Street

Two Links to Wasit Town Hall Meeting:
http://www.wasitpress.net/news.php?action=view&id=1603
http://www.ninanews.com/Arabic/News_Details.asp?ar95_VQ=FFGIDE

Selected Photos

Baghdad Town Hall Meeting Photos
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Diyala Town Hall Meeting Photo

Ninawa Town Hall Meeting Photos:
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Baghdad Town Hall Meeting:
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Babil Townhall Meeting:

 

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Basra Province:
Radio talk show on 01/04/2011 with Basra provincial council member, Head of the Education Committee in Basra PC, Mr. Ganim  Abid Al-Ameer.

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Basra IMG visit to Basra PC on 01/02/2011 and meeting with Basra

PC member, Mr. Walled Abbas

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Thi-Qar Province:

Implementation of Agenda for Change activities for the month of January 2011 in Thi-Qar province (hold anti-corruption workshops for government officials). Below are photos of anti-corruption workshop for the Municipal directorate of Thi-Qar in 01/02/2011

Radio talk show with Officials from Thi-Qar province department of education and a Provincial council Member on 01/06/2011