UNDEF project puts governance under scrutiny in Iraq

An UNDEF-funded project in Iraq has completed its work with six Governorate Councils to strengthen civil society participation in democratic processes and advance accountability in Government institutions. The project, implemented by the Um-Alyateem Foundation, worked in Baghdad, Babil, Karkuk, Najaf, Wasit and Diyala to establish civil society monitoring groups; train them to monitor the performance of Governorate Councils and carry out ongoing monitoring activities; provide training for Governorate Council members in integrity, accountability and good governance, enabling the Councils to accept civil society participation in the Council's ongoing work. The project presented its monitoring report at a final conference in Baghdad's Al Mansour Hotel, with the participation of all six Governorate Councils, academics, as well as rule of law and human rights experts.