Training workshop to assess the performance of the Iraqi Initiative for Transparency in Extractive Industries
On October 14, 2021, THER Development Center held a workshop to assess the performance of the Iraqi Initiative for Transparency in Extractive Industries in cooperation with the Iraqi Alliance for Transparency in Extractive Industries and with the support of PWYP and NORAD.
Baghdad, Anbar, Babil and Wassit.
The aim of the workshop was to evaluate the work of the initiative since its formation and until now, and to determine the nature of the relations and outputs that the Board of Trustees is working on through the General Secretariat of the Initiative with the government, companies, civil society and international audit companies, and to assess the level of relationship and cooperation between the management of the initiative and the board of trustees representatives of civil society, the Alliance carried out a dialogue session by lecturer Mr. Maher Alnumani as a member of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Iraqi Alliance representing the broader civil society supporting the success of the initiative In Iraq, the impact-building debate also focused on assessing the bridges of communication between the initiative and Iraqi society and the sustainability factors in the work of the initiative.
Notes and recommendations:
-The weak voice and impact of the Iraqi initiative within Iraqi society
- Voting on resolutions within the Board of Trustees is not done unanimously, but in the manner of a majority vote, which is a departure from the criterion of initiative.
- The annual final accounts of the initiative were not disclosed, although some members of the Board of Trustees demanded it.
- The need to increase the role of the media in publishing the issues of the initiative and the importance of highlighting its reports and disclosures through which they take place.
- The presence of a number of general managers in the Board of Trustees despite the fact that it has been a long time since they were referred to retirement in their national companies, which requires their replacement.
- No meetings of the Board of Trustees have been held since the beginning of the Corona pandemic until now.
- The National Secretariat is not interested in following up on the issuance of the Transparency Authority of Iraq Act.
- The activities and activities of the Iraqi Transparency Initiative were limited to the annual reporting process only, and no other events were implemented despite the existence of an annual plan.
- The importance of thinking about distributing the Iraqi initiative reports as widely as possible to develop the monitoring and accountability process from the information of these reports.