Middle East and Northern Africa

Iraq 2018

Accountability in the Kurdish Region of Iraq

STOP Organization for Anti-Corruption


To promote accountability and rule of law in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The organization will continue to work with a coalition of 15 NGOs and activists in Erbil, conduct five training workshops, issue three reports highlighting the implementation of the Access to Information Law, and lead advocacy campaigns and consultation meetings on the Public Prosecution Law.

Activating the Leadership Role of Young Iraqi Women

Women’s Academy for Leadership in Iraq


To promote the participation of young women in political life and civil society activities. The organization will sustain the national leadership academy to train young women on political rights, developing leadership skills, communication skills, and universal women rights. To this end, the organization will hold activities in multiple provinces in Iraq.

Addressing Obstacles to Women’s Leadership

DABIN Organization for Democratic Development and Human Rights


To promote a supportive environment for women in public life in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The grantee will conduct a survey to gauge the challenges and needs of women in public life, hold a roundtable for women to discuss the survey results and suggest remedies, and prepare a report to present to parliamentarians and government officials.

Advocacy for Rebuilding Trust in Post-ISIS Areas

Masarat for Cultural and Media Development


To advocate for the involvement of minorities and communities in building better relations between diverse groups in post-ISIS areas. The grantee will convene workshops in post-ISIS areas that include researchers and advocates from diverse communities to create a principles document, and produce four documentaries on better communal relations. A final conference will publicize the results of its work and convene leading figures to sign the principles document.

Advocacy for the Freedom of the Press in Iraq

Society to Defend Press Freedom in Iraq


To reinforce legal protection of freedom of the press and expression in Iraq. The organization will work to raise awareness among the public and social media influencers on the law of publications and its penalties. The organization will launch a campaign to advocate for changes in the law in the next parliament. The organization will also monitor and document violations against journalists which will be published in an annual report.

Advocacy for Women’s Political Participation

Iraqi Women Journalists Forum


To advance women’s political participation in national decision-making institutions, through advocacy efforts. The organization will train women journalists in advocacy and policy development skills. It will then conduct an advocacy campaign for legislative reform for women’s representation and media freedoms, using policy papers, seminars, meetings with government officials, and a public opinion survey.

Advocating for Provincial and National Level Transparency and Accountability

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To enhance the sustainability of frameworks for public-private dialogue in Iraq and to improve the capacity of private sector coalitions at the provincial level to advocate for policy reforms. The center will facilitate public-private dialogue at both the national and provincial level in order to improve democratic governance. The center and its partners will continue private sector-led coalition efforts in eight provinces and expand on previously built national efforts.

Building Civic Life in Salah Ad-Din

Tikrit Center for Volunteer Work


To strengthen youth leadership and re-engagement in public affairs in Salah Ad-Din province. The grantee will train emerging civic activists in Salah Ad-Din province and prepare them to lead local civic initiatives. The project will select, mentor and support advocacy campaigns or community initiatives led by beneficiaries to respond to local priorities.

Building Future Leaders for a Democratic Iraq

Iraq Civic Action Network


To further develop a nationwide youth leadership and mentorship network, with a particular focus on engaging young leaders in the political process, advocacy, and government monitoring. The project will combine a series of intensive training workshops, support for local civic initiatives, networking, and long-term mentorship and guidance for young civic leaders from 13 Iraqi provinces, including the post-ISIS areas of Anbar, Salah ad-Din, and Ninewa. The grantee will utilize its FM radio station to educate a broader audience on democratic ideas and values.

Civic Monitoring of Parliamentary Performance

Madarik Foundation


To enhance the transparency and accountability of the Iraqi Council of Representatives (CoR). The organization will continue monitoring the incoming CoR and its 28 committees and will prepare monthly and quarterly reports, organize press conferences to publicize them, and compile and publish a cumulative annual monitoring report.

Civic Participation in Najaf

Kuta Youth Foundation for Development


To empower youth in Najaf to participate in civic life and seek solutions to local governance challenges. The organization will train young activists between the ages of 18-35 to better serve their communities and be active politically. Participants will organize meetings and facilitate forums for interaction between the local government and citizens, in addition to leading advocacy campaigns on important local issues.

Community Radio and Human Rights Journalism

Radio Deng


To encourage independent media reporting through community radio in Sulaimaniyah Province. The radio station will continue to develop its Human Rights Journalism Unit, continue publishing its women’s issues newspaper, publish a monthly report on local government performance, broaden public outreach through its website, and conduct a human rights reporting competition.

Empowering Women for Political Party Leadership

Tamkien Center for Participation and Equality


To advance women’s political party engagement in Dhi Qar Province and develop local women party activists’ leadership skills. The program will train women from five political parties, women candidates for upcoming provincial elections, and newly elected councilwomen. The grantee will mentor trainees as they lead community dialogue sessions. A report will highlight the activities and status of women provincial council members.

Empowering Women Leadership and Human Rights Advocates

Babelyat Center For Woman Empowerment


To empower women leaders and women human rights advocates in Babil province. The grantee will organize workshops to train a cadre of women, which will improve participants’ skills on human rights monitoring and documentation, planning and carrying out advocacy campaigns, and mobilizing their communities. The grantee will also organize five advocacy campaigns, five community forums, and five community initiatives.

Enforcement of International Labor Standards Phase II

Solidarity Center (SC)


To create a just environment that promotes the consistent application of international labor standards. The center will focus on building Iraqi union capacity to apply the new legal framework defending all workers’ rights and ensuring that labor laws in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) are consistent with Iraqi law. Activities will include support to public-sector workers to establish unions, including women; database development; and creation of a campaign to establish and enforce the new labor law in KRI.

Engagement with the Kurdistan Regional Parliament of Iraq

 Pay Institute For Education & Development


To increase transparency and public engagement with the Regional Parliament in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The grantee will continue its parliamentary information program providing the public with basic information on the legislative calendar, attendance, plenary sessions, and committee work. The material will be published in semi-annual reports and distributed to the parliament, government entities, NGOs, and media.

Engaging Young Women as Community Advocates

Women and Children’s Affairs Organization


To mobilize young women in Qadisiyah Province to advocate for community needs and priorities. The organization will continue to incubate and mentor young female participants in its Youth Forum in Diwaniyah, consisting of volunteers from previous initiatives as well as a new group of young women who will duplicate the program in two districts. The organization will promote the culture of debate by organizing two debates for youth and advocating for community needs.

Engaging Youth to Advocate Financial Transparency

Ther Development Center


To engage young civic leaders in Muthana and Baghdad in strengthening governance and civil society oversight of public financial resources, the grantee will organize 12 advanced training workshops, coordinate fifteen visits to government directorates, and advocate for further transparency in public finances. To inform the public, the grantee will produce public reports as a result of its visits to government offices.

Enhancing Journalistic Capacity to Report Corruption

Grew Foundation for Media Training


To build the capacity of a new generation of journalists to provide independent reporting on corruption and accountability on the part of institutions and political leaders. The grantee will conduct training workshops for journalists focusing on reporting and journalistic methodologies for covering corruption in the digital information age.

Enhancing Youth Democratic Participation

Hunna Association for Human Rights


To promote youth volunteerism in Diyala province and to strengthen youth leadership and engagement in public life. The organization will develop the leadership and advocacy skills of youth in Diyala province, holding a training on advocacy, leadership, and civic work. The organization will form three teams to undertake advocacy activities on the private sector, women’s empowerment, and strengthening voluntary life. The organization will also form a media assistance division to help young activists use social media effectively.

Human Rights Monitoring

Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights


To strengthen the capacity for human rights monitoring. The grantee will use its nationwide network of trainees to document human rights conditions and publish 40 short reports on violations committed throughout the country. The grantee will compile its short reports into one final comprehensive report and publically share it in order to enhance human rights conditions.

Human Rights Monitoring in Sulaimaniyah

National Center for Human Rights


To promote the protection of human rights in government detention facilities in the city of Sulaimaniyah. The organization will form a team of monitors to document and report on human rights violations in detention and transfer centers, police stations, adolescents’ detention facilities, and women’s shelters. The organization will also publish its findings in an annual report and will follow up with the public prosecution office on the documented cases. The grantee will also organize trainings for police authorities on dealing with detainees.

Local Accountability in Sulaimaniyah

Kurdistan for Everyone for Developing Democracy


To build the capacity of elected officials in Sulaimaniyah and encourage public engagement in citizen oversight. The grantee will monitor the performance of the Sulaimaniyah provincial council and publish an annual report to promote government accountability. In addition, to strengthen citizen engagement and government responsiveness, the project will air radio talk-shows and convene civic forums with members of the provincial council and national parliament.

Measuring Indicators of Democracy

Governance Center for Public Policies


To provide the public and policy-makers with indicators on the status of democracy in Iraq. The grantee will publish and disseminate an annual report that measures Iraq’s democratic progress and the role of civil society in advancing good governance based on public opinion surveys and expert interviews. The grantee will present report findings and conclusions at a press conference attended by media, policy and decision-makers, and civil society leaders.


Monitoring Government Institutions in Halabja

Halwest Organization


To promote transparency and accountability of government institutions through citizen monitoring. The grantee will launch a campaign to monitor the three government departments of education, health, and municipality in addition to the headquarters of the provincial government. The grantee will conduct a survey, monitor government institutions, document citizen concerns, hold public forums, organize radio programs, and produce two monitoring reports.

New Tactics in Human Rights Advocacy

Center for Victims of Torture


To strengthen human rights activists’ ability to develop and lead strategic advocacy efforts. The organization will lead a training-of-trainers’ workshop and mentorship program that prepares human rights activists to design advocacy campaigns that take into account local conditions and potential alliances. The grantee will mentor trainees as they design their own campaigns and provide financial and technical support to the three most promising campaigns.

Promoting Citizen-Driven Accountable Governance

Aran for Developing Civic Culture


To promote citizen-driven accountable governance. The grantee will launch a one-year campaign to advocate for less partisan interference in the local governments of Erbil, Kirkuk, and Sulaimaniyah. The grantee will conduct three surveys, engage political parties, organize three public forums, gather constituency signatures for petitions, and advocate for the activation of a political parties law that limits political interference in governance.

Promoting Democratic Youth Groups

Abnaa Al-Nazeheen Organization in Missan


To encourage and prepare youth in Maysan Province to serve as effective advocates for their local communities. The organization will continue working with youth leaders in Maysan and training them on team-building, advocacy, writing policy reports, and volunteerism to help them become effective leaders and advocates in their local communities.

Promoting Political Pluralism and Citizen Participation

Brave Youth Organization


To promote a culture of political pluralism and citizen participation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The organization will hold roundtables and dialogue sessions with legal and political experts to stimulate citizen discussion on various systems of governance such as presidential and parliamentary systems. A new research unit will produce analytical and policy reports based on these sessions to better inform the public and decision-makers.

Promoting Responsive Local Governance

Iraqi Al-Firdaws Society


To facilitate citizen engagement and enable civil society to advocate for transparency and responsiveness in local government decision-making. The grantee will work with youth-led teams to improve local government services and responsiveness to citizens’ needs in Basra. Training workshops, follow-up visits with government departments, a local administration survey, and other events and publications will promote greater transparency and citizen engagement with local municipality, education and traffic departments.

Promoting Rule of Law in Babil

Iraqi Institute for Civic Development


To promote judicial transparency and reform in Babil province, the organization will launch a pilot court monitoring program. The organization’s activities will include planning and implementing an internal task force to examine the status of the judiciary in Babil, monitoring court proceedings, publishing an annual report, and engaging judicial and legislative authorities to advocate for action on judicial reform.

Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in Diyala

Diallas Youth Organization for Relief and Development


To promote youth volunteerism in Diyala province and to strengthen youth leadership and engagement in public life. The organization will develop the leadership and advocacy skills of youth in Diyala province, holding a training on advocacy, leadership, and civic work. The organization will form three teams to undertake advocacy activities on the private sector, women’s empowerment, and strengthening voluntary life. The organization will also form a media assistance division to help young activists use social media effectively.

Promoting Youth Political Participation in Wasit Province

Salaam Media Center


To empower youth leaders in Wasit Province with knowledge about avenues for political participation, leadership, and negotiation and facilitation skills. The organization will identify and mentor 60 youth activists, conduct leadership trainings and activities, and support the trainees to launch initiatives that engage their community and teach messages of conflict resolution. The grantee will also work to engage policymakers and encourage civic debates about relevant local and national issues.

Reinforcing the Protection of Women’s Rights

Women’s Legal Assistance


To reinforce the protection of women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The organization will monitor courts across the region to evaluate the implementation of the Combating Domestic Violence Law. It will issue an annual report on the law’s implementation and work with governorates and districts to improve the resources available for victims of domestic violence. The organization will hold a press conference to release its report and will hold two workshops to facilitate adding domestic violence issues to law school curricula.

Strengthening Civil Society’s Role in Post-Conflict Rebuilding

Al Tahreer Association for Development


To strengthen emerging youth groups in Ninewa and Anbar and enable them to play a constructive role in reviving civic engagement following the provinces’ liberation from ISIS. The grantee will train and mentor youth from the two provinces as they lead community initiatives that address the challenging conditions facing post-ISIS areas. To inform its program, the grantee will conduct an extensive study of civil society in Ninewa and Anbar.

Strengthening Civil Society’s Role in Supporting Governance Reform

Kurdish Institute for Elections (KIE)


To enhance and strengthen the role of civil society in civic engagement and advocating for governance reform in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. The organization will work with local advocacy groups in Sulaimaniyah and Halabja provinces to conduct 12 advocacy seminars on decentralization. It will also work in Erbil to advocate on decentralization through trainings, two surveys, a seminar and a panel within the province. It will also discuss decentralization issues through radio, television, and print media.

Strengthening Independent Media in Iraq

Amarchi Center for Media Development


To strengthen independent media in Iraq and prepare a new cadre of journalists. The grantee will publish the al-Aalem al-Jadid newspaper and continue to serve as a training and mentoring center for young and aspiring journalists on journalistic ethics, investigative journalism, reporting practices, social media journalism, and economic coverage. Trained journalists will have an opportunity to publish in al-Aalem al-Jadid.

Strengthening Political Participation

Strengthening Political Participation


To strengthen political participation and provide young activists an outlet for constructive civic engagement. The organization will encourage volunteerism among and mentor local youth through training workshops on leadership, communication skills, and planning advocacy campaigns. Trainees will launch community initiatives to address priority issues for youth. Dialogue sessions and a conference will convene trainees, local public figures and officials, civil society and community leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss community challenges and citizen-recommend solutions.

Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Combating Corruption

Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Combating Corruption


To strengthen the role of civil society and citizens in combating corruption. The grantee will launch an initiative to train a new generation of young leaders on documenting and reporting corruption cases in government departments. The grantee will establish channels of reporting to relevant authorities on alleged corruption cases and encourage local anti-corruption bodies to follow up on its reports.

Strengthening the Role of Women in Legislative Advocacy

For Her Organization for the Advocacy of Women’s Issues


To strengthen the role of women in national legislative advocacy and enable a new generation of women leaders. The project will provide leadership training for civil society advocacy, mobilize citizens through public campaigns, and encourage citizen engagement with officials. A training for women activists on legislative advocacy and civic leadership will lay the foundation for a sustained campaign to mobilize support for the adoption of a law that would protect citizens from domestic abuse.

Strengthening the Role of Women Political Participation in Wasit

Al-Mada Foundation for Human Rights


To empower women leaders and strengthen women political participation in Wasit province. The grantee will organize training workshops for 50 women, which will improve their skills to plan and carry out advocacy campaigns and undertake mobilization actions. The grantee will also organize public forums and a final conference to raise awareness about women rights in the province and to form a women-led coalition called the Women Leaders Coalition of Wasit.

Strengthening the Role of Youth Volunteer Teams in Maysan

Tabanni Foundation for Active Youth


To empower young leaders to advocate for community needs and enhance local government responsiveness in Maysan province. The organization will prepare youth on leadership principles and the role of local government by organizing training workshops and launching advocacy campaigns. The organization will organize a concluding conference to publicize the outcome of its campaigns.

Strengthening Youth Political Participation in Dhi Qar

Athar Center for Development


To strengthen and promote youth leadership in Dhi Qar province. The grantee will form a province-wide youth council to monitor government directorates and projects. It will train the youth council on laws and regulations, monitoring and report-writing techniques, coalition-building, and strategic communication. The grantee will produce seven monitoring reports and present them to local authorities.

The Role of Civil Society in Electoral Reform in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Success Organization for Developing Potential


To promote the role of civil society in public policy in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The organization will launch an advocacy campaign to promote reform of the electoral system. It will also produce an in-depth report, survey citizens, engage civil society and government officials, and host public events on electoral reform.

Using Social Media for Effective Citizen Engagement

Civic Education


To promote and encourage civic participation through social media. The project will lead citizen advocacy and awareness raising initiatives, making use of alternative media tools, including documentaries, short programs, a cultural exhibition, and film festivals. In addition, the program will provide media production training for committed volunteers, make its in-house studio accessible for other civil society organizations and community activists to produce their own media content, and establish an online observatory highlighting the work of Iraqi civil society organizations across the country.

Understanding the Impact of Provincial Governance on the Lives of Iraqis and Preparing New Councils to Lead

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To understand citizen attitudes regarding provincial governance and their expectations for their Provincial Councils and local government following the December 2018 elections. The Institute will conduct qualitative research in the governorates of Kirkuk, Maysan, and Baghdad and use this research to develop a training curriculum to prepare newly-elected provincial councilors. This curriculum will be launched in the winter/spring of 2019.

Youth Civic Initiatives

Tawasoul Organization for Youth Empowerment


To encourage civic and political participation among youth in Baghdad. The organization will organize leadership training workshops, advocacy workshops, youth debates, a youth camp, mentor 70 youth volunteers, and launch community initiatives. The organization will share its activities with officials and with the public through its social media platforms and by engaging media outlets.

Youth Civic Participation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Eye’s University Organization


To strengthen participation of students and youth in public life of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The grantee will organize workshops to introduce democratic ideas and values to youth, sponsor university forums, conduct a survey, and launch a media campaign to advocate for the adoption of a student elections law.

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