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IF’s Executive Director Mrs. Basma Fakri met with members of the Iraqi COR on February 16th, 2016 to discuss IF’s al-Rasid project. Those present at the meeting also discussed UNSCR 1325 and the need to create a body in the state to push for women’s rights after the recent dissolution of the Women’s Affairs Committee.

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Periodical meetings with Partner NGOs

On the 28th of March 2015 IF hosted the 6th periodical meeting for the representatives of the 10 partner NGOs. The meeting was dedicated to explore further means to enhance TABEIR map and discuss various scenarios for the FOE short movies which will be produced by the partner NGOs as part of the first round of the small grants funded through TABEIR project.

 

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IF and partner NGOs continued their efforts to provide the In-country training to journalists, citizen journalists and NGO members across Iraq. By the end of March 2015, IF and its partner NGOs trained 1326 participants through conducting 54 training events throughout Iraq.

 

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In June 2014 IF in partnership with ICFJ developed and designed the TABEIR Iraq interactive mapping and resource platform. The platform provides a secure site where journalists and freedom-of-expression activists in Iraq can report on threats to freedom of expression and harassment and attacks on journalists and activists. IF and the network of FOE defenders formed through in-country trainings provided by IF’s 10 partner NGOs continued to update the map with new FOE violations. As of the end of March 2015, the TABEIR map has recorded 80 FOE violations. The map can be accessed from the following link: https://www.tabeiriraq.org/reports/

IF conducted the periodic quarterly meeting for TABEIR project at IF Baghdad Headquarters in Karada on Saturday, May 31st. The participants discussed the implementation of an in-country training by the partner NGOs, finalized the training agenda, provided the NGOs with a finalized training manual. The meeting also discussed the materials and violations which will be included in the periodical publication which will be issued by the Iraq Foundation

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IF conducted its third periodical meeting for TABEIR at its headquarters in Baghdad on Monday, September 15th. IF President Rend Al-Raheem headed this meeting of 7 project managers representing the provinces of Baghdad, Babil, Missan, Basrah, Diyala, and Kut. Together, they reviewed the implementation of an in-country training by partner NGOs, and reviewed the difficulties in implementing project work plans. This resulted in a series of recommendations to overcome future challenges and suggestions for further topics for coming trainings.

ICT exert Hassan Qasim also provided training on the use of the TABEIR website and database. In addition, he explained the procedure for uploading secure reports to the website. Finally, participants focused on improving the participation of the project’s trainees and partner NGOs in reporting violations using the material to be included in the periodic reports issued by IF.

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Iraq Foundation’s partner NGOs successfully implemented 11 trainings during the months of  August in the provinces of Baghdad, Kut, Missan, Babil, Erbil,Diyala and Basrah. The NGOs utilized training centers in their regions and offered training courses to NGOs, local journalists, and citizen journalists. By the end of August, the total number of beneficiaries had climbed to 277 citizen journalists and NGO members across Iraq. The total number of beneficiaries since the start of the project is 674.

These courses were offered by the partner NGOs free of charge, but all participants completed an application and went through a vetting process to ensure that those who are trained will use the training for the protection of FOE.

The in-country training aimed at utilizing new media and technology as a fundamental tool in changing the way the media works and how information is obtained and produced.

The training focused on technological tools; use of social media for impact; and improved visual narratives timely and effective use of advanced media tools for documentation, including use of digital equipment, mobiles phones,  messaging, and location-aware services; 2) internationally accepted standards of documentation; 3) visual story-telling techniques; 4) use of social media for information dissemination and reporting, including twitter; 5) secure reporting tools and techniques; 6) combining documentation and ICT techniques for effective advocacy for FOE.

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Iraq Foundation Implementing partner NGOs successfully implemented 9 training courses during the months of June and July in the provinces of Baghdad, Kut, Missan, Babil, Erbil and Basrah. The NGOs utilized training centers in their regions and offered training courses to NGOs, local journalists and citizen journalists. The total beneficiaries until the end of July is 244( 183 in June and 61 in July) citizen journalists and NGO members across Iraq. These courses were offered by the partner NGOs free of charge, but all participants filled an application and went through a vetting process to ensure that those who are trained will use the training for the protection of FOE.

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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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IF conducted the First Periodical meeting for TABEIR project at IF Baghdad Headquarters in Karada on Saturday March 15th. The meeting resulted in the identification of the training topics which will be provided by ICFJ along with agreeing on implementation strategy to carry on project activities.

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