44 civil society organizations trained on advocacy, communications, and negotiations as tools to protect diversity in Iraq  

Mar 17, 2017

Participants explored practical methods to utilize advocacy, communications and negotiation skills in the protection of minorities and diversity. Photo: Karzan Saadon/UNDP Iraq/2017.

Erbil- As part of its efforts towards the protection of diversity in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is helping to build the capacity of Iraqi civil society organizations (CSOs) in the areas of advocacy, communications and negotiations. To this end, representatives of 44 CSOs from Baghdad, Kirkuk, Basra, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) were invited to participate in two workshops in Erbil, on 12-17 March 2017.

Participants explored practical methods to utilize advocacy, communications and negotiation skills in the protection of minorities and diversity. Representatives of the CSOs Committee of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR), and Committees of CSOs and Women Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) were present, and engaged in discussions over respective concerns and areas of cooperation.

Head of Tal Afar CSO, Ms. Raya Qahtan, said: “This workshop helped to strengthen the communication skills of CSOs and other stakeholders to enable improved advocacy for the rights of minorities. Now also trained on the techniques of negotiations, we can better negotiate our priorities with the CoR and Provincial Councils.”

UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG) organized both workshops, with generous funding from the Government of Denmark. “This is part of a full capacity building scheme of three phases. Besides these two workshops, it includes a small grants programme, and a 3-day wrap-up activity that will focus on knowledge exchange between grant recipient organizations. This is a great opportunity for those representing minorities to implement small yet far-reaching initiatives,” said SPAG Acting Project Manager, Mr. Zeyad Al-Obaidi. The small grants programme will be launched in April 2017.

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Zeyad Al Obaidi, Acting Project Manager for SPAG