PAG Training of Trainers Workshop: May – June 2010

 

IF successfully held four workshops in May and June as part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance Project (PAG). The Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops, held in Beirut in collaboration with the Lebanese Transparency Associations (LTA), aimed to provide civic leaders and local government officials from 15 Iraqi provinces with a comprehensive toolkit of anti-corruption indicators, monitoring methodologies, and civic organizing techniques to enable the participants to break down and simplify the legal and formal aspects of accountability into achievable operational components and practices, and thus provide a detailed, practical “how to” of steps to bring about change toward greater transparency. In total, four workshops were held, which included representatives from Iraq’s provinces.

The training was delivered in the form of four back-to-back four-day workshops, as follows:

-First Workshop: (May 25 through May 28); for Baghdad, Mousel, and Kirkuk provinces

-Second Workshop: (May 29 through June 1); Babil, Wasit, Salah Al-Din, and Al-Qadisiyyah provinces

-Third workshop: (June 2 through June 5); Anbar, Diyala,Najaf, and Karbala provinces

-Fourth Workshop :( June 6 through June 9); Al-Muthanna, Thi-Qar, Maysan, and Basra provinces.

The participants of the four workshops were selected by IF from among the trainees (notable civic leaders and local government officials) of the previous 30 civic leaders (CL) and provincial councils (PC) workshops that were conducted by IF in 15 Iraqi provinces. In total120 participants were scheduled to take part in the workshops.

Day one of the training started with trainers explaining the concept of transparency, the components of a transparent system, the right to access to information, what is a well organized archiving system, and who to protect whistleblowers.

The trainers then introduced the International Indicators and principles of anti-corruption with an ample explanation for the World Bank indicators. The participants were then divided into groups and discussed the anti-corruption indicators and responsibilities of the Commission on Integrity (COI) and the other existing integrity monitoring authorities in Iraq. Trainers also explained in detail, the United Nation Convention for Anti Corruption, then received questions and feedback from the participants.

The second day of the training started by presenting the National Integrity System (NIS) of Transparency International (TI). An NIS report for Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, and Lebanon was presented, then a presentation was delivered on the Global Integrity Index (GII). Towards the end of the day, the participants were divided into six groups. Each group discussed the NIS and the international indicators. They brainstormed possible applications for Iraq and submitted their viewpoints.

On day three, the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) was introduced to the participants. An explanation on how IMIS can assist in fighting corruption was delivered. Viewpoints from the participants were received. Towards the end of the day, the Iraqi national anti-corruption strategy was delivered by a workshops participant who is a member of the Iraqi national anti-corruption strategy group. The strategy was thoroughly discussed by the participants.

On day four of the training, the participants were divided according to their provinces to sit and structure an Agenda for Change for their provinces. Each team identified the substances and causes of anti-corruption in their province, and accordingly structured an Agenda for Change depending on the international standards learned from the training and the facts in their provinces. LTA is currently reviewing the groups’ Agendas and will attach its recommendations with each agenda and send to IF. IF will launch the formation of the Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMG) in each province by next month, July 2010, and will hand each IMG it’s relevant Agenda for Change to start monitoring anti-corruption, accordingly. Towards the end of each workshop, a questionnaire form was distributed to each participant to evaluate the overall training. Also, a certificate of participation was conferred to each workshop participant.

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