A year-long Training of Trainers concludes promising more good governance support to official and civil society bodies

Oct 18, 2016

This Master Trainer will join a pool of accredited trainers to support Iraq's NGOs Directorate and local CSOs. Photo: Baraa Afif/UNDP Iraq/2016

Baghdad - In partnership with the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Directorate of Iraq’s Council of Representatives and the Government of Sweden, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) marked today in Baghdad the conclusion of a one-year Training of Trainers project addressing the needs of NGOs in good governance practices.

During a conference on the occasion, Deputy Director of the NGOs Directorate, Mr. Basil Al Musawi, stated: “We must focus on the principle of participation and engagement of NGOs with the Government to support reforms and help to eliminate corruption.”

In turn, Head of CSOs Parliamentary Committee, Ms. Tavga Ahmed, said: “CSOs have become a key partner with the Government in decision making and addressing community challenges. A significant step by the Parliamentary Committee is involving CSOs in legislation. We are now in an advanced stage of joint work through developing Iraqi training capacities to contribute to improving the performance of governmental and non-governmental institutions.”

The Ambassador of Sweden to Iraq, Ms. Annika Molin Hellgren, said: “Sweden has a long term engagement with Iraq and an excellent dialogue with the Government. Two percent of the Swedish population has roots in Iraq, and this is an extremely important bridge between our two countries.” She added: “In my view, institutional building is one of the most critical areas of progress at this point of time in Iraq. In this context, strengthening accountability and participation should remain a priority, which means enhancing governance for and by the people.”

Deputy Country Director for UNDP Iraq, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, underscored: “It is crucial for us to harness rich potential which already exists in Iraq. None of our plans can be sustainable unless reinforced by such national capacity.  We are looking forward to continue providing the necessary support to further develop existing capacity.“

Twenty staff members of the NGOs Directorate and representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) from various governorates received Master Trainers’ certificates, after training since August 2015 under the umbrella of UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance Project. They will now join a pool of accredited trainers to support the Directorate and local CSOs on a voluntary basis, and utilize three thematic training curriculums developed during a series of consultations with CSOs.

“We will transfer what we learned during this training to other organizations within our governorates that need support in the fields of evaluation, organizing and structuring NGOs and their work,” said trainee from Diyala, Ms. Etemad Rasheed.

Further during the conference, UNDP launched the best training design award to be granted to the top 10 designs by the newly graduated Master Trainers. The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2016.


Zeyad Al Obaidi, Acting Project Manager for SPAG

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