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IF produced the first report assessing the Iraqi government’s transparency and accountability as well as its ability to safeguard the full spectrum of civil and political liberties. A diverse group of Iraqi experts and activists pooled their talents to undertake a first-of-its-kind assessment to examine several key spheres of governance. The locally-based group of civic leaders representing the fields of law, human rights, press freedom, women’s rights, and other areas of civic life, identified three fundamental areas to assess: political parties, parliament and press freedom. Through interviews with other experts and policy makers, analysis of current law and the degree of their implementation, and other first-hand inquiry, they undertook an extensive research process to produce the report. Iraq Foundation and Freedom House provided mentoring in research and writing as well as full editorial review of all reports

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On February 3, IF held a meeting in Baghdad for civil society leaders as part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP).  Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, IF’s Executive Director, chaired the meeting which brought together civil society leaders participating in the project’s government watchdog activities.  During the meeting, participants and project staff review strategies for writing shadow reports as well as national and international advocacy strategies covered during the Watchdog Group Training held in Beirut from December 4-6, 2010.  Participants also discussed draft-reports that the groups have been preparing on media freedom, the Iraqi Council of Representatives (CoR), and political parties.  Project staff provided insight on research methodologies and other reporting standards to assist the civic leaders.

Prior to this meeting, IF has held 6 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.

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IF successfully completed the 2nd PEDP civic leaders workshop in Beirut from December 4-6. The workshop was implemented in collaboration with Freedom House (FH) and discussed the democracy monitoring draft reports that the civic leaders are working on.

The sessions included working groups during which participants commented on their own draft reports on monitoring Iraqi media, parliament, and political parties’ performance and transparency. FH incorporated these comments as well as their own comments on the reports and sent a consolidated version to the participants so that they can revise the first draft accordingly.

The workshop also included a session by a Lebanese organization on advocacy planning and coalition building. Participants also agreed to meet again soon in Baghdad to discuss an advocacy plan, including coalition building strategies to gather support before the report is published. 20 civic leaders participated in the workshop. The discussions were very engaging and the level of energy high.