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The Communication Strategy Workshop for HJC Staff and the 2 experts on HEWAR Project: High Crest Hotel in Sulaimaniya from January 17 – 22, 2014

The 1st Stakeholders meeting for the at the Judicial DevelopmentInstitute (JDL)-BaghdadMarch 25 – 26, 2014

IF and ICFJ held 5-day TOT training in Erbil in Tangram Hotel from April 10 – 15, 2014. ICFJ provided two Arabic speaking trainers with extensive experience in securely using digital and mobile technology to cover activities in Iraq including the coming parliamentarian elections. The meeting had total of 25 trainees from all over Iraq (representing the 10 selected partners NGOs) along with Iraq Foundation staff. Trainees will be using the skills and knowledge to develop the training manuals and provide the cascade training for 2000 journalist and citizen journalists.

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January – March 2014

Apprenticeship: IF provided apprenticeship placement to 22 female heads of household (FHH).

Grants and Loans: IF is pleased to report that 42 WIES beneficiaries were linked to grants/ loans including: 14 in-kind grants from Iraq ex-football national team, captain Ahmed Radhi, the grants consisted of: hairdressing toolkits and sewing toolkits, and ID 12 million ($10,000) no interest loan from a philanthropist for 12 WIES beneficiaries in Maysan.

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IF and in collaboration with partner NGOs and Marketing Expert, Dr. Saadon Chithir, initiated a 2-day marketing strategies training for 78 WIES beneficiaries in Baghdad, Basra and Maysan. The training curriculum was crafted by Dr. Chithir to fit WIES beneficiaries’ needs. The training tackled different marketing subjects including: marketing principles, targeting costumers, sustaining costumer’s relations and pricing methods.

 

 

 

 

 

January – March 2014: IF and Partners NGOs in all five provinces continued interviewing women victims of GBV in their legal clinics, reaching out to a total of 1580 women by the end of March 2014.  During this period, 426 women received legal consultation and 174 were provided with legal representation at courts. The number of victimized women that have benefitted from the legal support during this reporting period totals 256 women.

IF and partner NGOs exceeded the proposed number of beneficiaries to the legal clinics by provided the legal support and representation for an extra 80 victimized women. Furthermore, the legal clinics in Erbil, Baghdad, Babil, Daiyla will continue their efforts to support victimized women as contribution until the End of 2014.

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January – March 2014: The national coalition continued their efforts to publish and disseminate the National Charter through local print and social media to raise awareness among local and national government decision-makers about the recommendations of the National Charter.

The Task Force members worked closely with government officials and other international workers to implement the first recommendation of the national Charter which encourages the government to make a workplan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325. These efforts  have paid off! The government declared on February 6, 2014 that they will launch the National Action Plan on UNSCR (2014-2018). Iraq became the first country in the Middle East and North Africa Region to launch such a program.

The Task Force held 3 hearing sessions in Erbil, Babil and Basra for women impacted by violence. The National Coalition and Task Force also worked closely with the partner NGOs, and with local and national governments to support and inform any current or future peace-building initiatives to be inclusive of women.

The Task force member are continuing their efforts to implement the other 9 recommendations of the National Charter which aim to empower and ending violence against women in Iraq.

The task force members continued interacting with religious leaders and emphasizing on their role in ending the violence against women in Iraq. This fruitful effort resulted dedicating part of religious clergy’s speeches to talk about violence against women and means to end it.

Baghdad Task Force Members attending the National conference for launching work  plan to implement 1325 UN resolution


IF staff and Baghdad Task Force meeting At Al-Sadir city council to assess the progress in implementing the 10 recommendations/terms of the national charter 

 


Basra Task force Members holding hearing session

Babil Task Force efforts working with local government to  get the support for the National Charter

Clergies in Babil dedicating part of their speeches to talk about violence against women and means to end it as a result for Babil Task Force efforts to implement the 3rd recommendation of the National Charter
 

Introducing the national charter and the efforts the task force is making in Dayla towards ending violence against women                    

 


On April 26, IF held a press conference for the release of the final PAG report. Over 200 persons were in attendance, including major media outlets.

The conference began at 10 AM with a brief introduction by Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, PAG Program Manager. Ms. Al-Assadi discussed the significant cooperation of government institutions with the Iraq Foundation as a key component of the 3-year program. She specifically offered thanks to those that contributed to the project particularly, participating organizations, members of the 15 IMGs in each province, and the Commission on Integrity, which provided assistance in developing a training curriculum and provided trainings to IMG members on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and attending key program activities. She also congratulated Ms. Rend AlRahim, Ms. Selwa Gailani and all IF staff on the success of the project.

Following Ms. Al-Assadi’s introduction, Dr. Salah Abd Razzak, Baghdad governor, discussed the achievements of IF through the course of the project. He reported that corruption in Iraq has declined over the past three years.

Mr. Sijad Ma’touq, Head of the Department of NGOs, expressed the enthusiasm of his department to cooperate with the IMGs and IF on implementing this project. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation to IF for establishing this project and the IMGs that carried out the project and worked to monitor corruption.

IF staff then presented awards to a number of officials representative of bodies, which proved instrumental in the implementation of the project. This included the Office of the Governor of Baghdad, the Baghdad Provincial Council, the Commission on Integrity, the Department of NGOs, among others. IF also presented letters of appreciation to the heads of participating organizations.

Members of a number of IMGs then spoke about the nature of their work as part of PAG, how they built up partnerships with the provincial councils, the Commission on Integrity, the media, and the community.

Each speaker thanked the Iraq Foundation and in particular, Ms. Rend AlRahim and the project staff, for the program which served to effect real change in the provinces through creating an atmosphere of transparency and bringing together citizens and local government. Participants also urged IF to continue using the approach of this program, namely bringing together civil society organizations and local government in order to effect real change in the provinces.

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Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, PAG Program Manager, provided opening remarks
 
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Ms. Al-Assadi presenting an award to the Governor of Baghdad.

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Ms. Al-Assadi presenting an award to the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council

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Presenting an award to a member of the Commission on Integrity

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The Press Conference was attended by over 200 individuals

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In the months of March and April, IF continued to engage youth and the local community in combating corruption. Specifically, local partners facilitated 3 additional youth activities according to the second no-cost extension granted to IF for this project. Additional activities occured in Baghdad, Thi Qar and Ninawa provinces. In Ninawa, youth released a hot air balloon displaying the slogan of the project, “No to Corruption… Yes to Transparency,” and also marched with signs denouncing corruption in a large community exhibit! In Thi Qar, youth met with local media to arrange for anti-corruption PSAs to be broadcast!

Staff continued to support efforts to bolster transparency locally. IF continued to coordinate a number of town hall meetings, which offer an opportunity for government officials and citizens to interface directly and discuss issues facing the community. In Ninawa province, the local IMG held an additional town hall meeting to continue the communication facilitated throughout the PAG project between officials and their communities. The Ninawa IMG also worked with local partners to publish the first and second issues of a brand-new newspaper, entitled “Transparency.”

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Local partners in Ninawa province facilitated the publication of a new newspaper, “Transparency,” that focuses on anti-corruption issues.

Youth in Baghdad continued to raise awareness on corruption issues in their community by holding a soccer game. Players wore jerseys displaying the slogan of the project, “No to Corruption… Yes to Transparency.” The sign below details the facilitators of the event including the Iraq Foundation, our local partner organization in Baghdad which is also a member of the National Network to Combat Corruption.

In Ninawa, youth march holding anti-corruption signs at exhibition in which they released a hot air balloon with the project slogan proudly displayed.

During the months of March and April 2012, IF facilitated the implementation of 5 town hall meetings in 5 Iraqi provinces. Local officials, the media, and the general public attended those meeting. During those meetings, the IMGs presented interim reports on the status of the Agenda for Change in their provinces and invited government officials to discuss the findings and recommendations addressed by the IMGs and the general public. Ninewa province also held a seventh voluntary town hall meeting.

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Province

Date of Town Hall Meeting

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Diyala

4/10/2012

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Anbar

3/1/2012

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Babil

3/8/2012

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Al-Muthanna

3/3/2012

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Najaf

3/1/2012

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Voluntary 7th town hall meeting in Ninewa.

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Voluntary 7th town hall meeting in Ninewa.

6th town hall meeting in Anbar province held on March 1, 2012.

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6th town hall meeting in Diyala held on April 10, 2012.

IF worked with local anti-corruption citizens’ groups, Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs), to coordinate 30 extremely successful youth-led activities in 15 provinces. Activities included holding art exhibits or painting murals featuring work by local students on anti-corruption topics, plays, skits, or other performances demonstrating the negative effects of corruption on society, and athletic competitions to raise awareness in the community. From January 31 to February 6 in Ninawa, local youth painted anti-corruption murals in 32 schools! As a result of similar community efforts, local IMGs have received requests for more murals to be painted on the walls of schools or government buildings!

Staff continued to support efforts to bolster transparency locally. IF continued to coordinate town hall meetings, which offer an opportunity for government officials and citizens to interface directly and discuss issues facing the community. IF assisted IMGs in arranging radio talk show interviews during which anti-corruption specialists promote and explain the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and its practical implications to listeners! Additionally, IF facilitated monthly consultation meetings among members of local IMGs to plan activities, monitor progress and strengthen common purpose and mutual support! As a result of these efforts, members of IMGs continue to effectively engage local government officials and community members in IF’s campaign against corruption in Iraqi provinces!

IMGs work in the community to raise awareness of corruption issues in effective, innovative and unique ways. In Najaf, IMGs worked to print information on transparency and accountability on plastic grocery bags that were made available in grocery stores and butcher shops throughout the area.  In January and February, IMGs distributed 5,000 pamphlets and 5,000 posters detailing the Code of Conduct (COC) and associated compliance laws to various government agencies, educational establishments, CSOs and professional associations as well as public spaces, such as mosques. In one province, IMG members requested additional pamphlets to distribute among town hall meeting participants to inform the discussion!

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As part of PAG’s extension activities, IF’s local partners continued to distribute posters and pamphlets on the Code of Conduct (COC) and associated compliance laws in order to raise awareness of the anti-corruption legal framework and motivate public and private individuals to combat corruption. Publications were distributed to educational establishments, professional associations, government agencies, professional associations, civil society organizations and in public spaces, such as mosques, schools, and the town hall meetings held as part of PAG’s regular activities.

Radio talk show interview 1/21 in Babil on Babylon Radio with the Head of the County.

Najaf IMG worked to print information on transparency and accountability on plastic grocery bags that were made available in grocery stores and butcher shops throughout the area in February 2012.