PAG Update: January – February 2012

 

IF worked with local anti-corruption citizens’ groups, Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs), to coordinate 30 extremely successful youth-led activities in 15 provinces. Activities included holding art exhibits or painting murals featuring work by local students on anti-corruption topics, plays, skits, or other performances demonstrating the negative effects of corruption on society, and athletic competitions to raise awareness in the community. From January 31 to February 6 in Ninawa, local youth painted anti-corruption murals in 32 schools! As a result of similar community efforts, local IMGs have received requests for more murals to be painted on the walls of schools or government buildings!

Staff continued to support efforts to bolster transparency locally. IF continued to coordinate town hall meetings, which offer an opportunity for government officials and citizens to interface directly and discuss issues facing the community. IF assisted IMGs in arranging radio talk show interviews during which anti-corruption specialists promote and explain the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and its practical implications to listeners! Additionally, IF facilitated monthly consultation meetings among members of local IMGs to plan activities, monitor progress and strengthen common purpose and mutual support! As a result of these efforts, members of IMGs continue to effectively engage local government officials and community members in IF’s campaign against corruption in Iraqi provinces!

IMGs work in the community to raise awareness of corruption issues in effective, innovative and unique ways. In Najaf, IMGs worked to print information on transparency and accountability on plastic grocery bags that were made available in grocery stores and butcher shops throughout the area.  In January and February, IMGs distributed 5,000 pamphlets and 5,000 posters detailing the Code of Conduct (COC) and associated compliance laws to various government agencies, educational establishments, CSOs and professional associations as well as public spaces, such as mosques. In one province, IMG members requested additional pamphlets to distribute among town hall meeting participants to inform the discussion!

Selected Photos from Activities:

As part of PAG’s extension activities, IF’s local partners continued to distribute posters and pamphlets on the Code of Conduct (COC) and associated compliance laws in order to raise awareness of the anti-corruption legal framework and motivate public and private individuals to combat corruption. Publications were distributed to educational establishments, professional associations, government agencies, professional associations, civil society organizations and in public spaces, such as mosques, schools, and the town hall meetings held as part of PAG’s regular activities.

Radio talk show interview 1/21 in Babil on Babylon Radio with the Head of the County.

Najaf IMG worked to print information on transparency and accountability on plastic grocery bags that were made available in grocery stores and butcher shops throughout the area in February 2012.

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