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August 2010 Activities, Issue 48
Dear Friends,

During August, IF's Integrity Monitoring Groups, which were set up in 15 Iraqi provinces as part of our Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) project, conducted numerous activities to curb corruption in Iraq including the broadcast of local radio programs and meetings with provincial officials.  We are also pleased to announce the successful completion of our Youth Civics Camp in Kurdistan, which provided 100 Iraqi youths from all over the country with valuable leadership skills, citizenship courses, and social networking training.  In addition to the youth camp, IF is sponsoring a video competition for young Iraqis on overcoming sectarianism. The deadline to apply for the competition is October 31, 2010.

IF's Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) coalition continued its TV and radio campaign during August to promote the adoption of the UN human rights council recommendations, which started in July.  In addition, IF's HRAI team produced its 20th newsletter during this period, which reports on HRAI coalition activities and the human rights situation in Iraq.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our projects or activities!

Sincerely,

Joseph Sandor
Communication Officer
Iraq Foundation


IF's Integrity Monitoring Groups Fight Corruption in Iraq
 
During the month of August, IF Staff worked hard to promote transparency and accountability in Iraq.  As part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance 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 Agendas for Change.  To facilitate the IMGs' work, IF arranged meetings in 15 provinces to discuss difficulties encountered and coordinate with local provincial councils.  In addition, the IMGs conducted site visits to their local provincial councils to discuss their draft Agendas for Change in their provinces.  Each IMG also broadcast a local radio talk show program with provincial council officials. During these programs, IMGs described the steps that need to be taken to fight corruption in their local community.

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


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IF Successfully Concludes Youth Camp in Kurdistan for 100 Iraqi Students

On August 7th, IF successfully concluded its first "Youth Civics Camp" in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S). Four sessions of 25 students from different Iraqi provinces participated in the camps, which began on July 14. 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. 

Hear what the students are saying about IF's Youth Camp...

IF Sponsors Youth Video Competition

radio towerAs 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 help achieve this goal, IF is sponsoring a video competition on overcoming sectarianism. The deadline to apply for the competition is October 31, 2010.

Learn more and download application (Arabic)...


IF Broadcasts TV and Radio Programs to Promote Human Rights in Iraq

IF continued broadcasting TV and radio programs on the UN human rights council recommendations to Iraq. A total of 300 TV spots and 240 radio spots will run until the end of October on Al-Sharqiya, Al-Iraqiya, Al-Sumariya, and Al-Furat TV stations on prime time. The campaign will also be complemented by newspaper ads and billboards.


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In This Issue
IF's Integrity Monitoring Groups Fight Corruption in Iraq
IF Successfully Concludes Youth Camp in Kurdistan for 100 Iraqi Students
IF Sponsors Youth Video Competition
IF Publishes20th Human Rights Newsletter
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IF Publishes 20th Human Rights Newsletter!
The Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) published its twentieth newsletter in August 2010.  The newsletter combines the reports of three to four coalition members on various types of human rights violations across Iraq. It also reports on the HRAI and the coalition's networking and advocacy activities.
Published in Arabic, HRAI's monthly newsletters are available on our website.

Read Newsletter (August 2010 / PDF Arabic)



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