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On July 14th, IF launched its first “Youth Civics Camp” in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S). Four sessions of 25 students each (100 students total) from different Iraqi provinces will participate in the camps scheduled to run from July 14 to August 7th. The camps trained students on the ‘eDemocracy’ curriculum newly developed by the Iraq Foundation and Freedom House for use at the high school and undergraduate levels. Special modules in the curriculum will dealt with the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi state, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the constitution.

Youth became familiar with primary characteristics of liberal democracies and how their civic duties play a central part in maintaining the country’s peace and freedom. The training also addressed youth’s role in developing an ethos of reconciliation, community based conflict resolution and cross-sectarian cooperation. The students also gained knowledge about civic action via the internet, including how to better use blogs, Twitter and Facebook, and how to get out their messages and widen their networks among other civic minded youth.

The camps also included a social evening and dinner for the camps’ participants and AUI/S students on the 1st day of each camp session as well as a moderated discussion group between camp participants and AUI/S students to talk about their experiences as students and the challenges they face.

As part of IF’s Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP), IF aims to bolster Iraqi youth’s understanding of civic and democratic processes, and their leadership across sectarian lines to resolve community and national level disputes peacefully. To achieve this goal, we are partnering with the American University of Iraq, Suleymanieh, to create an intensive 5-day youth camp for talented, civic minded students from universities throughout Iraq. In total, IF will train 100 students each year in four groups of 25. We are currently accepting applications for this exciting opportunity. If you or someone you know is interested, please follow the link below to apply.

Photos of PEDP Staff in Iraq – Meeting to Promote IF’s Youth Camp:

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In late November – early December, 2013 IF recorded 4 TV Programs at Al-Iraqia Satellite Channel.

These programs discussed the 4 chapters of each of the 2nd and 3rd Democratization in Iraq Reports:

The program on the Chapter of the Political Parties in Iraq:

The program on the Chapters of the Political Parties in Iraq was broadcasted on December 6.  The participants in this program were: Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, former National Security Advisor in Iraq; and Dr. Ahmed Al-Ala’ak, Head of Law Department-Wasit University, Rapporteur of the Political Parties Chapter.  IF broadcasted this program again on December 25.

The Program on the chapter of the “CoR Performance:”

On December 8, Al-Iraqia Satellite Channel broadcasted the program on the chapter of the “CoR Performance”.  The participants were: 1 – Ms. Samiya Aziz Khisro, former Iraqi Woman MP/ Guest. 2- Dr. Fawziya Al-Attiya, Sociology Professor at Baghdad University/ Guest. 3- Mr. Mizher Al-Sa’edi, Head of Madarik Association/ Rapporteur-CoR performance Chapter. 4- Mr. Khadim Abdulzahra, Chief Editor of Madarik Magazine/ Civic leader-Group of the CoR performance Chapter.  IF broadcasted this program again on December 26.

The Program on the chapter of the “Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Demonstration”

Al-Iraqia Satellite Channel broadcasted on December 9, the 3rd TV Program on the chapter of the “Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Demonstration”.  Participants included: 1- Dr. Azhar Al-Shaikli, current woman MP in the CoR/ Guest, 2- Dr. Ali Al-Rufai’ee, former Dean of the Law School at Baghdad University/ Guest, 3- Mr. Jasim Al-Halfi, Civil activist/ Guest, and 4- Mr. Yasir Al-Salim, Member in the group of the “Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Demonstration Chapter”/ Member in the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq.  IF broadcasted this program again on December 27.


The Program on the chapter of the “Freedom of Media”

On December 10, the Program on the chapter of the “Freedom of Media” was broadcasted.  The participants were: 1- Ms. Intisar Al-Jubouri, current woman MP in the CoR, 2- Mr. Zuhair Dhiyauldeen, Legal Expert, 3- Mr. Latif Al-Egaili, Researcher and journalist, and 4- Mr. Ibrahim Al-Sragey, Rapporteur-Media Chapter, The Iraq Journalist’s Right Defense Association.  IF broadcasted this program again on December 28.

On November 21, IF successfully held the press conference to launch the 2nd and 3rd Democratization in Iraq Reports.

75 participants attended the press conference, including: officials from the Cabinet, Ministry of Women Affairs, former MPs, academics, civil society activists, and the NGOs Coordination Committee for Iraq.  it was also attended by representatives from the U.S Embassy in Baghdad and the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad.

The event was televised and covered by 11 satellite channels, including: Al-Iraqia official Satellite TBChannel, Al-Hurra Iraq TV, Al-Hurriya, Al-Dyar Sat Channel, Biladi TV, Al-Iraq TV, Al-Ghadeer TV, Al-Eshraq TV, Al-Masar TV, Afak TV, and Dijla TV.  Three news agencies covered the press conference: Al-Mada News, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat News, and ABC News.

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The 2nd consultative meeting of the civic leaders at IF-Baghdad Office

From March 13-15, 2013 the Iraq Foundation (IF) in partnership with Freedom House held the 1st 3-day workshop for 11 civic leaders at the Tangram Hotel in Erbil. The workshop aimed to prepare participants for the drafting of the “the Third Democratization Report in Iraq”.  The Report will be examining the following topics; 1- Political Parties; 2- The situation of the Council of Representatives; 3- The Freedom of Assembly and Demonstration; 4- The Freedom of Media.

The workshop focused on the fundamental principles of a scientific program in writing reports and conducting research.  The training also discussed the writing techniques to be utilized in drafting the report, evaluation standards and a follow-up plan. Participants and trainers also discussed issues pertaining to political rights and civic freedoms to be covered in the report and appropriate research sources and tools.

The workshop was headed by Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, the Executive Director of the Iraq Foundation.  Two trainers from Freedom House, Dr. Faleh Abdulmajeed and Dr. Saad Hassan, presented the training. The workshop was also attended by four guest-consultants: Judge Raheem Al-Akaili; Ms. Shatha Al-Abousi, Former MP, Ms. Tafkah Omar, General Director of the Human Rights Committee and Head of the Legal Committee in KRG, Dr. Sabah Subhi, and Head of the Political Department at the Law and Politics College / Salaheldeen University.

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On February 23, 2012, PEDP civic leaders held their 11th civic leaders’ meeting at IF Baghdad office to discuss the Second “Democratization in Iraq Report” as well as any challenges civic leaders have encountered. IF’s Executive Director Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, in addition to 16 civic leaders including, a prominent Iraqi political analyst who also served as the head rapporteur, attended the meeting. The goal of the meeting was to go over the timeline to make sure the report is produced and published on time and discuss any challenges that the civic leaders are facing.

Prior to this meeting, IF has held 10 other meetings on the following dates:

Meeting 1: 6/12/2010: All CSL meeting
Meeting 2: 6/17/2010: Coordinators meeting
Meeting 3: 7/5/2010: Coordinators meeting
Meeting 4: 8/10/2010: Coordinators meeting
Meeting 5: 9/23/2010: Coordinators and rapporteurs meeting
Meeting 6: 10/25/2010: Coordinators and rapporteurs meeting
Meeting 7: 2/3/2011: Strategies for Writing Shadow Report
Meeting 8: 9/29/2011:Follow-up on Report Writing
Meeting 9: 10/29/2011:Methodology for 2nd Democratization in Iraq report Meeting 10: 11/26/2011: Freedom House Revisions to Report

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IF successfully completed the 3nd PEDP civic leaders workshop in Erbil from January 20 – 22. 17 civic leaders participated in the workshop aimed at discussing the 2nd draft of a report on the Iraqi Government’s Ability to Safeguard Civil Liberties. During the workshop, participants also evaluated the outcomes of the first report, and developed a strategy to promote the outcomes of the second report. The training was held in partnership with Freedom House and was facilitated by Mr. Marwan Maalouf and Ms. Courtney Radsch.

While the trainers provided important feedback on the drafts, the participants were also able to provide critical reviews of their own work through peer reviewing the report’s drafts across groups and actively participating in the discussions. Freedom House’s trainers provided a thorough review of the draft reports that were prepared by the civic leaders and provided recommendations and writing strategies to maximize reader insight and minimize reader effort.

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On November 26, PEDP civic leaders held their 10th meeting at IF-Baghdad office to discuss Freedom House’s revisions to the methodology for writing the 2nd Democratization in Iraq report as well as go over the work progress to-date. 17 out of the 23 participants attended the meeting. During the first part of the meeting, the rapporteurs relayed to the participants the outcomes of the phone conversation that they had with Freedom House’s expert who is mentoring them and providing feedback on the methodology of the second “Democratization in Iraq” report. It’s worth noting that while the methodology is not final yet, most of the methodology questions are agreed on were used as a basis for the first draft that the rapporteurs started working on and will be submitting to FH for review early December.

Prior to this meeting, IF has held 9 other meetings on the following dates:

Meeting 1: 6/ 12/ 2010. All CSL meeting.
Meeting 2: 6/ 17/ 2010. Coordinators meeting.
Meeting 3: 7/ 5/ 2010.  Coordinators meeting.
Meeting 4: 8/ 10/ 2010.  Coordinators meeting.
Meeting 5: 9/ 23/ 2010.  Coordinators and rapporteurs meeting.
Meeting 6: 10/ 25/ 2010: Coordinators and rapporteurs meeting.
Meeting 7: 2/3/ 2011: Strategies for Writing Shadow Report
Meeting 8: 9/29/2011:Follow-on Report Writing
Meeting 9: 10/29/2011:Methodology for 2nd Democratization in Iraq report

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On November 26, PEDP civic leaders held their 10th meeting at IF-Baghdad office to discuss Freedom House’s revisions to the methodology for writing the 2nd Democratization in Iraq report as well as go over the work progress to-date. 17 out of the 23 participants attended the meeting. During the first part of the meeting, the rapporteurs relayed to the participants the outcomes of the phone conversation that they had with Freedom House’s expert who is mentoring them and providing feedback on the methodology of the second “Democratization in Iraq” report. It’s worth noting that while the methodology is not final yet, most of the methodology questions are agreed on were used as a basis for the first draft that the rapporteurs started working on and will be submitting to FH for review early December.

Prior to this meeting, IF has held 9 other meetings on the following dates:

Meeting 1: 6/ 12/ 2010. All CSL meeting.
Meeting 2: 6/ 17/ 2010. Coordinators meeting.
Meeting 3: 7/ 5/ 2010.  Coordinators meeting.
Meeting 4: 8/ 10/ 2010.  Coordinators meeting.
Meeting 5: 9/ 23/ 2010.  Coordinators and rapporteurs meeting.
Meeting 6: 10/ 25/ 2010: Coordinators and rapporteurs meeting.
Meeting 7: 2/3/ 2011: Strategies for Writing Shadow Report
Meeting 8: 9/29/2011:Follow-on Report Writing
Meeting 9: 10/29/2011:Methodology for 2nd Democratization in Iraq report

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