Event Reports

Iraq Leadership Fellows Program: Class of 2018/2019 concludes its training

In cooperation with the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS), and GPD Charitable Trust, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office held the third and final training for the 2018/2019 Class of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF) Program.
A group of young Iraqis coming from different regions, ethnicities and backgrounds, participated in the 2018/2019 Class of the ILF where they were divided into two tracks: political and civil society. The fellows completed a series of three training workshops given by leading international instructors. The trainings took place in Sulaymaniyah as follows: the first in October 2018, the second in March 2019, and the third and final one in July 2019.

The first training gave the young civil society fellows the opportunity to learn basic methods and tools to launch effective advocacy campaigns. On the other hand, the political fellows were taught the required tools, methods and skills to render their involvement in Iraq’s political life more effective, which is necessary for political inclusion and democratic governing in the country. As for the second training, the political fellows acquired negotiation skills that they put into practice during a simulation to form a coalition government, while the civil society fellows designed effective strategies for their campaign ideas. In the third and final training, political fellows learned how to become an adaptive and effective leader, which crucial role storytelling plays in leadership and how public speaking skills are essential for effective communication. Moreover, civil society fellows were taught how effective verbal and non-verbal communication is an essential component for any successful advocacy campaign.

Throughout the ILF Program, the fellows had several opportunities to meet with decision-makers, well-established civil society representatives, academics and ILF alumni to exchange thoughts about Iraq’s future and the role that the youth can play in it. The fellowship allowed young Iraqis coming from different ethno-religious backgrounds and regions to have an open and respectful exchange of views, ideas and concerns for the sake of strengthening the unity of Iraq.

The ILF will continue this fall with the same tracks (civil society and political) where the third class of 2019/2020 will have its first training in November 2019.