Event Reports

Rule of Law Training Towards Reconciliation in Kirkuk

KAS and ETTC Hold Workshops in Multi-Ethnic City

After the Kurdish independence referendum in 2017, relations between the Central Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq deteriorated. As a result, the Iraqi military drove the Peshmerga, who had been controlling Kirkuk since its liberation from ISIL in 2014, out of the city. This only increased the tensions within the multi-ethnic town, resulting in a dire need of reconciliation and peace-building based on the rule of law. The Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), together with the European Technology and Training Center (ETTC), implemented two five-day training sessions on the topic in Kirkuk.

A Glimpse into Syrian Civil Society

Kesh Malek and KAS Syria/Iraq issue Magazine “Glimpse” Covering Syrian Civil Society Movements

After the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, the importance of media professionals covering relevant civil society movements in order to spread their values has significantly increased. However, the humanitarian catastrophe and the war in Syria have overshadowed their reports. To highlight the news and the activities of the Syrian civil society and the Syrian communities abroad, the Syrian NGO Kesh Malek collected data of 365 different Syrian NGOs and reached over 2,000 people with the content.

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Iraq Leadership Fellows: Class of 2018/2019 Starts its Training

KAS and IRIS Kick Off Second Year of Leadership Academy for new Group of Young Iraqis

Due to the complicated social and political scene in Iraq, particularly focusing on the tensions between Central Iraq and Iraqi-Kurdistan, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), with support of the GPD Charitable Trust, saw the need in 2017 to develop a training academy for future Iraqi leaders, and founded the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF). After the program’s successful first year, a new group of young Iraqis – the class of 2018/2019 – started their training this October in Sulaymaniyah and Erbil.

Respecting Democracy and Human Rights - a fundamental Issue

AD 4 Peace and the KAS Syria/Iraq Office Organize Workshops on Democratic Good Governance and Human Rights Principles

Lebanon has by far the largest number of Syrian refugees in terms of population of all international receiving countries. The presence of the refuge-seeking neighbors has led to increased tensions within the community in recent years. In order enhance the relationship, it is important that the young generation of host and refugee communities positively communicate and learn to appreciate each other. To this end, the organizationAdvanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace (AD 4 Peace) and the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung brought together 22 young Lebanese and Syrians in a series of eight workshops in which they learned together about human rights, democracy and civil society processes.

Securing a Prosperous Future for Iraq

KAS Supports Annual al-Bayan Center Conference on Socio-Economic Challenges to Education Policies in Iraq

With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq office, the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies organized its annual conference in Baghdad on November 24. High-level decision-makers as well as experts and practitioners in the Iraqi education sector attended the event. Dr. Abdul Kareem Al-Faisal, head of the advisory council to the Iraqi Prime Minister, opened the conference with a speech on the socio-economic situation in Iraq. The panels discussed both the current state of the Iraqi education sector and possible solutions to the various challenges that the sector is facing.

Syria’s Economy in a Local and Regional Context

KAS and LISA Host Workshop on the Geopolitical Context of Syria’s Upcoming Economic Trajectory

With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq office, the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs (LISA) organized a workshop on Syria’s socio-economic situation and the country’s economy in a local and regional context. The event was attended by regional and international experts.

Enhancement of Participatory Democracy at the Local Level in Iraq

KAS and Governance Center for Public Policies Hold Workshops on Participatory Democracy and Good Governance for Civil Society Activists in Baghdad and Karbala

After 2003 and with the introduction of a new constitution and political system, Iraq officially committed to an administrative decentralization of the state. Until today, the local governments in Iraq are still inexperienced with this concept and require concentrated public efforts in order to develop and adapt the needed institutional and social structures. But also, the Iraqi civil society is still having trouble in understanding its role in the field of democracy building and in finding its place in the institutional framework. Often, civil society limits its action to criticism and awareness raising, without realizing its role as a third partner to the government and the private sector. Moreover, the civil society lacks the specific knowledge and appropriate tools to participate efficiently in democracy at the local level.

Policewomen Balancing between Freedom of Speech and Social Order

KAS and Burj Babel for Media Development Hold Training Workshops for Policewomen and Journalists in Baghdad on Freedom of Speech and Social Order during Demonstrations

Since 2003, in an effort to foster democracy and become more inclusive, the Iraqi state started promoting the involvement of women in official institutions, including security forces. More specifically, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MoI) established the Women's Training Center, which organizes workshops for female employees to support their work effort in the MoI. However, women in the security forces never received training on how to behave during demonstrations or mass gatherings, which is actually crucial to their jobs, particularly when considering the protests that started in Basra in the summer of 2018.

Online Referral System for Service Providers in Syria

KAS Cooperates with Hamzet Wasel to Map Service Providers in Twelve Governorates in Syria

Throughout the last, almost eight years of conflict in Syria, the number of NGOs and local civil society organizations (CSOs) has dramatically increased in Syria to provide the population with different services they are lacking in the time of war. However, the number of these organizations and other service providers makes it difficult for the population to know which institution will directly address their needs in an appropriate and efficient manner. This is especially the case for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are not necessarily familiar with the area they are now residing in. A lack of information limits the access to these service providers and therefore the positive impact they can have.

Reintegration and Deradicalization of ISIL Victims

KAS and Yahad in Unum Support Traumatized Yazidis in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Sinjar region in the north of Iraq was one of the main theaters of the atrocities committed by the Islamic State (ISIL). It was there that ISIL committed genocide against the country’s Yezidi population after occupying the territory around the Sinjar Mountains in August 2014. While most residents have left the region, many internally displaced have been returning home since the Peshmerga freed it a year later.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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