Event Reports - Syria/Iraq Office
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.
Challenges for the Stabilization of the Middle East
KAS and MERI Organize Annual "MERI Forum" with Focus on Instability in the Middle East and Solutions to this Challenge
With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq office, the Middle East Reserach Institute (MERI) organized the annual MERI Forum in Erbil on October 23 and 24. High-level decision-makers from Iraq as well as experts and diplomats from the Middle East, Europe and the United States attended the event.
KAS supports Local Citizen Journalists and Independent Media in Syria
Syria/Iraq Office and Syria Direct Train Citizen Journalists to Promote Local Journalism
The Syrian civil war has caused a significant amount of suffering and destruction in Syria since its beginning in 2011. Now, even as the violence dies down in many areas in Syria, the conflict is not yet over, and as the war enters this new phase, the need for critical and investigative journalists becomes increasingly evident. The lack of resources and on-the-ground coverage that ensued as a result of the conflict has given rise to independent, local journalism since 2013. In order to promote the young and independent media landscape in Syria, KAS and the NGO Syria Direct conducted training courses for citizen journalists in areas recently freed from the control of the Islamic State and for citizen journalists residing in displaced communities.
Increasing Stability in the Liberated Areas in Iraq
KAS and WEO Hold Workshops and Conference on Increasing Stability in the Liberated Areas of Ninawa
After the return of a number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the areas liberated from the Islamic State (ISIL) occupation in Ninawa, social tension between the host communities and the returnees were on the rise. This is likely to increase further as distribution issues concerning the rebuilding and reintegration add to the mistrust that was established between those who had to flee and the ones who stayed. Therefore, maintaining peaceful relations, or at least a tolerant coexistence, between host communities and returnees is essential to ensure a conducive environment for adequate durable solutions to be implemented.
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