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Agenda for Change Activity, Workshop Thi-Qar

IMG Monthly Meetings with Provincial Council, Maysan

IMG meeting, Basra Governorate

Radio Talk Show, Basra Governorate

Official being interviewed by IF’s IMG in Al-Qadisyahh

IMG meeting in Thi Qar

No.ProvinceDate of MeetingNo. of Attendees
1Baghdad10/28/201058
2Al-Qadisiyyah10/27/201081
3Babil10/28/201086
4Basra10/21/201076
5Maysan10/22/201075
6Thi-Qar10/27/201076
7Ninawa10/28/201075
8Wasit10/19/201058
9Diyala10/20/201062
10Karbala10/30/201063
11Najef10/31/201059
12Al-Muthana10/28/201080
13Al-Anbar10/28/201082

During October, IF’s Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs) held the first of a series of four town hall meetings in 13 provinces throughout Iraq. The town hall meetings included local officials, the media, and the general public. The IMGs presented status updates on the Agenda for Change and provided provincial officials with the opportunity to discuss the measures they are implementing to curb corruption as well as listen to recommendations offered by the IMGs and the public. Local media covered the meetings and publish independent news articles and reports on specific issues of transparency and accountability in each province. To learn more about the press and media that resulted from theses town hall meetings, click here.

Basra Town Hall Meeting

Diyala Town Hall Meeting

Maysan Town Hall Meeting

Al-Manara Network (Wasit Province, October 22, 2010)

http://www.almannarah.com/Mobile/NewsDetails.aspx?CatID=6&NewsID=20400

Wasit news network  (Wasit province, October 21, 2010)

http://www.wasitpress.net/news.php?action=view&id=1310

Al-Nasiria electronic newspapers (Thi-Qar province, October 27, 2010)

http://nasiriaelc.com/index.php?act=artc&id=4258

Nasiria news network (thi-Qar province, October 28, 2010) 

http://www.nasiriyah.org/nar/ifm.php?recordID=16130

Al-Shabiya electronic newspaper (Th-Qar province, October 28, 2010)

http://www.nasiriyahnews.com/news.php?action=view&id=725

 

Broadcast from November 2010, Al-Qadisiyaah

Broadcast from Marshes Local Media Channel, Thi Qar

IMG Member interviewing Local Iraqi Official

Head of the Thi Qar IMG

Official being interviewed by IF’s IMG in Thi Qar

Screenshot from IF’s training materials, highlighting how inaction can lead to corruption.

The IMG of each province held a consultation meeting in September to discuss and consult on the work strategy of the group. At these meetings, each group reviewed the draft Agenda for Change, the progress of work, and planned the periodic visits to the local government officials. The groups  also prepared  and designed the questions that would be addressed in the radio talk interviews.

The Agendas for Change for all provinces were approved on September 23, 2010.

IMG Meeting Anbar Province

Ninawa Province IMG meeting

Ninawa Province IMG meeting

During the month of August, IF Staff worked hard to promote transparency and accountability in Iraq. As part of the Provincial Accountability and Transparency Project (PAG), IF formed 15 Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs) to promote a dialogue on transparency, identify areas that need improvement, and work with local officials to implement an agreed upon Agenda for Change. To facilitate the IMGs’ work, IF arranged meetings in each of the 15 province to discuss difficulties encountered, work updates, and coordinate with local provincial councils. In addition, the IMGs conducted visits to their local provincial council to discuss the draft Agenda for Change in their provinces. Each IMG also conducted a local radio talk show with provincial council officials. During these programs, IMGs described the steps that need to be taken to fight corruption in their local province.

In addition to this exciting work, IF PAG staff in Baghdad met with new U.S. Embassy anti-corruption officials on August 9th. The next day, IF staff in Baghdad participated in a U.S. Embassy strategy meeting to discuss Iraqis anti-corruption policy.

As part of our efforts to combat corruption and promote transparency, IF is pleased to announce that we have finalized the selection of the 15 provincial monitoring groups (IMGs)during the month of July. These monitoring groups are comprised of civil leaders and will work with the local provincial councils to promote an Agenda for Change. In order to select these groups, IF staff conducted visits to each of the 15 provinces to evaluate each group, discuss coordination, discuss the implementation of the province’s Agenda for Change. The Agenda for Change will be supported with an image-based anti-corruption media campaign, which will air in the coming months on local and national Iraqi Television.

To promote the Code of Conduct, IF designed, printed, and distributed 10,000 posters displaying the full text of the Code. The posters were distributed to CSOs, educational establishments, government institutions, mosques, tea shops and supermarkets, youth venues, and other community locations where they can be readily seen by the public. IF also designed and printed 18,000 pocket-sized pamphlets of the Code and the Compliance Law and distribution to government officials and professional groups, including chambers of commerce, law associations, journalists’ associations, and CSOs. The Commission on Integrity provided IF with 2,000 Code of Conduct and Compliance Law pocket-sized pamphlet. IF distributed those pamphlets to the participants during the provincial council and civic leaders workshops.

IF successfully held four workshops in May and June as part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance Project (PAG). The Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops, held in Beirut in collaboration with the Lebanese Transparency Associations (LTA), aimed to provide civic leaders and local government officials from 15 Iraqi provinces with a comprehensive toolkit of anti-corruption indicators, monitoring methodologies, and civic organizing techniques to enable the participants to break down and simplify the legal and formal aspects of accountability into achievable operational components and practices, and thus provide a detailed, practical “how to” of steps to bring about change toward greater transparency. In total, four workshops were held, which included representatives from Iraq’s provinces.

The training was delivered in the form of four back-to-back four-day workshops, as follows:

-First Workshop: (May 25 through May 28); for Baghdad, Mousel, and Kirkuk provinces

-Second Workshop: (May 29 through June 1); Babil, Wasit, Salah Al-Din, and Al-Qadisiyyah provinces

-Third workshop: (June 2 through June 5); Anbar, Diyala,Najaf, and Karbala provinces

-Fourth Workshop :( June 6 through June 9); Al-Muthanna, Thi-Qar, Maysan, and Basra provinces.

The participants of the four workshops were selected by IF from among the trainees (notable civic leaders and local government officials) of the previous 30 civic leaders (CL) and provincial councils (PC) workshops that were conducted by IF in 15 Iraqi provinces. In total120 participants were scheduled to take part in the workshops.

Day one of the training started with trainers explaining the concept of transparency, the components of a transparent system, the right to access to information, what is a well organized archiving system, and who to protect whistleblowers.

The trainers then introduced the International Indicators and principles of anti-corruption with an ample explanation for the World Bank indicators. The participants were then divided into groups and discussed the anti-corruption indicators and responsibilities of the Commission on Integrity (COI) and the other existing integrity monitoring authorities in Iraq. Trainers also explained in detail, the United Nation Convention for Anti Corruption, then received questions and feedback from the participants.

The second day of the training started by presenting the National Integrity System (NIS) of Transparency International (TI). An NIS report for Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, and Lebanon was presented, then a presentation was delivered on the Global Integrity Index (GII). Towards the end of the day, the participants were divided into six groups. Each group discussed the NIS and the international indicators. They brainstormed possible applications for Iraq and submitted their viewpoints.

On day three, the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) was introduced to the participants. An explanation on how IMIS can assist in fighting corruption was delivered. Viewpoints from the participants were received. Towards the end of the day, the Iraqi national anti-corruption strategy was delivered by a workshops participant who is a member of the Iraqi national anti-corruption strategy group. The strategy was thoroughly discussed by the participants.

On day four of the training, the participants were divided according to their provinces to sit and structure an Agenda for Change for their provinces. Each team identified the substances and causes of anti-corruption in their province, and accordingly structured an Agenda for Change depending on the international standards learned from the training and the facts in their provinces. LTA is currently reviewing the groups’ Agendas and will attach its recommendations with each agenda and send to IF. IF will launch the formation of the Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMG) in each province by next month, July 2010, and will hand each IMG it’s relevant Agenda for Change to start monitoring anti-corruption, accordingly. Towards the end of each workshop, a questionnaire form was distributed to each participant to evaluate the overall training. Also, a certificate of participation was conferred to each workshop participant.

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