|Iraq Foundation Newsletter|
Executive Director Rend Al-Rahim granted three media interviews in July to promote IF's mission and share her expertise on Iraq. Appearing on BBC World News on July 2, Ms. Al-Rahim discussed developments in Iraqi and US negotiations on the Status-of-Force Agreement (SOFA). Later in the month, Ms. Al-Rahim appeared on PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer to discuss the withdraw timetable proposed by Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki. The program aired on July 8th and the transcript is available online. In addition, Ms. Al-Rahim appeared on the July 21 Edition of Aljazeera's Min [From] Washington program, where she spoke with host Abderrahim Foukara on a number of issues relating to Iraq.
As part of the Anti-Corruption and
Transparency Project (ACT), IF successfully
held a conference to promote a national
strategy to combat corruption and promote a
culture of transparency. The conference took
place in Baghdad on July 5th and 6th, and was
held in partnership with Commission for
Public Integrity. IF awarded four winners of
a research competition on various ways to
combat corruption. The conference also issued
recommendations based on the papers' most
IF Staff worked throughout July in preparation of the Foundation's newly launched Women's Empowerment Project (WEP). With the assistance of the Committee for Women, Children and Family and the Municipal Councils in Baghdad and Basra, IF identified 50 widows from Baghdad and 135 widows from Basra to participate in the program's first cycle of trainings. In preparation for these trainings, teams in Baghdad and Basra worked to secure suitable training locations in Baghdad in the Rasafa and Karkh districts, as well as the Qurna and Al-Zubair districts in Basra. In order to develop a curriculum in democracy and women's rights education to empower the program's participants, IF worked with three democracy and human rights experts.
IF is pleased to announce that Sukaina Jameel, manager of IF's Basra office, was awarded a fellowship to participate in the Stanford Summer Program on Democracy and Development Program (SSFDD). This three-week interdisciplinary executive education program, which runs from late July to mid August, is designed to bring together participants from transitioning countries to share their development and democracy-building experience. SSFDD participants include civic, political, and economic leaders from transitioning countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, China, and Russia. Each year approximately 30 individuals are selected from over 800 applications.