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Joint meeting between PAO and JCC

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Public Aid Organisation PAO held a meeting with the Joint Crisis Coordination Center (JCC) in Erbil on Sunday, June 19, 2022. During the meeting, the current climate change crisis and the challenges facing the Kurdistan Regional Government were discussed as well as the possible solutions to address this issue and the mechanism for coordination between both sides.

Peacebuilding and its impact on economic revival

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PAO in Erbil – Sheraton 4/27/2022 held its conference within the activities of the project “Promoting Economic Recovery for Small and Agricultural Enterprises PERMA” in the presence of the Governor of Nineveh, Mr. Najm al-Jubouri, representatives of the Presidency of the Republic, the Prime Ministry, the House of Representatives, the President of Nineveh Courts, and government and security directors in Nineveh Governorate to shed light on the reality of farming and agriculture in Nineveh.

The most important recommendations at the conference were:

Highlighting and putting attention on large projects that support the governorate infrastructure like the project of rehabilitation of north island irrigation to restore vital water supplies in Rabia, Nineveh.

2. Supporting breeders with fodder, due to the high prices in the local market.

3. Supporting breeders with fuel and any other power source they need, due to the high prices of fuel globally.

4. Urging the religious leaders to combat hate speech and encourage peace due to the importance they have in promoting social cohesion. and other recommendations related to supporting farmers with loans to support their businesses and promote social cohesion activities through the contributions of the security forces, community leaders, and civilians.

Student enterprise Fair – Erbil

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Within the activities of Business innovation (Norwegian Program) (BIP) and with the participation and supervision of the Secretary-General of the Board of Trustees of the Public Aid Organization- PAO, held an exhibition of micro-business projects for students with the participation of 35 projects in the governorates of Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, and Dohuk.

The exhibition was attended by Mr. Deputy Minister of Education in the Kurdistan Region (Dr. Siwan Ali) and Mr. (Ahmed Ghahl), Director General of Secondary and Vocational Schools in the Ministry of Education, Mr. (Delir Suleiman), representative of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. (Shafan Abdul Rahman), Secretary-General For the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Kurdistan Region, students also participated in the exhibition, which numbered 88 and 32 teachers, companies, local and international organizations, universities, governmental and non-governmental institutes and the media.

The exhibition began with a speech by Mr. Hoger Chato, in which he spoke about the importance of the project for the students, followed by a speech presented by each of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the President of KOHRW, Mr. Hoshyar Malo, the representative of RWANGA and the director of the TAVKAR NGO School in the exhibition.

The projects were evaluated by the committees of PAO, and (3) projects were selected as follows: 1- Al-Kafri Industrial High School (the project of agriculture without soil) first place 2- Computer Institute (Kurdish Game Project) second place 3- The electrical industry for boys (electricity generation project) third place The exhibition was sponsored by KOHRW and RWANGA partner organizations (FLYERBIL, DABIN Group, KFCCI, Q.M.G.T and International Consultants) and TAVKAR School.

Services Providers training in Basra

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Within the activities of the project ( Risks Mitigation and Enhancing Access to Specialized Services on Gender-Based Violence for Women and Girls in Basra Governorate), PAO hosted the Director of Community Police in the province, Brigadier General (Tawfiq Hanoun Jassim), Brigadier General (Salam Laftah Jabbar) and a number of representatives From the justice Department and Women’s Affairs Department of the Federal Police as part of training it held for service providers in the governorate in order to improve the referral system and ensure that survivors of violence receive integrated services.

The participants received training for two days on the concept of violence, its types, and tools to address it, in addition to the mechanisms of dealing with survivors of violence from both genders in the referral procedures.

Research study on the (policies, procedures, and instructions that obstruct and encourage the participation of women, youth, and marginalized groups in the economic, administrative and political fields)

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Within the activities of (Enhancing democratization and human rights program), PAO in four Iraqi governorates (Erbil, Nineveh, Baghdad, Basra) with its partners in the Community Participation Center (Erbil Provincial Council, voluntary teams in Nineveh, Baghdad governorate, Ana Basri organization) conducted a study during April and May 2022 on (policies, procedures, and instructions that obstruct and encourage the participation of women, youth and marginalized groups in the economic, administrative and political fields).

The study consisted of conducting interviews with a hundred people from each governorate, including youth, women and people with special needs, & with ten people from decision-makers from each governorate as well, as well as conducting three focused grouped sessions with young people, women and people with special needs in order to define policies and procedures And instructions that obstruct and encourage the participation of women, youth and marginalized groups in the economic, administrative and political fields in order to work to activate encouraging policies and work to amend obstructive policies and identify the most important areas that need to legislate policies that encourage participation.

بيان وطني للمنظمات غير الحكومية ، بشأن تشكيل الحكومة العراقية 📄 السيادة للقانون والشعب مصدر السلطات وشرعيتھا ( المادة ٥ من الدستور العراقي)

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في الوقت الذي تأمل فيه العراقيون خيرا وقدموا التضحيات الجسيمة في أحتجاجات تشرين ، وحققت الارادة الشعبية مطلبھا في تشريعقانون أنتخابات عادل يصون حرمة الاصوات من التلاعب والتزوير ، وأجراء انتخابات مبكرة تحقق التغيير الايجابي وتسير بالبلد نحوالاستقرار ، ومع أعلان القيادات السياسية عزمھا على تصحيح مسارات الدولة والمضي في برنامج حكومي واعد ، نحو العدالة والتنميةا في اطلاق مبادرات تعزز سيادة القانون والسلم المجتمعي، وجھودا استثنائية لدعم مسار ً العملية الانتخابية، كان للمنظمات غير الحكومية ً دورا بارزاً لضمان مشاركة واسعة وواعية وفاعلة تعيد ترتيب الاولويات وتمكين الشعب من تقرير مصيره، وتمنح القيادات السياسيةما بعد الانتخابات الفرصة الكافية لتشكيل الرئاسات الثلاثة ، الا ان القوى السياسية وعلى الرغم من ھذه الفرصة التأريخية التي منحھا لھمالشعب العراقي ما زال منھج التمادي والانجراف خلف المصالح السياسية الضيقة البعيدة عن مصالح الشعب ودولة المواطنة ھو السائد. َّ إن عدم الشعور بالمسؤولية (القانونية والشرعية) من قبل جميع الفائزين في الانتخابات ، يضعھم في دائرة الاتهام بالتقصير الممنھجوالمتعمد لبناء الدولة ، وُيعد مخالفة فاضحة لما تعھدت به القيادات السياسية الفائزة ما قبل الانتخابات ، وُيعد خرقا كبيرا للدستور، وانتھاكاصارخا لقانون مجلس النواب وتشكيالته المواد ( ٦،١٠،١١،١٤ . (َّ إن بناء الدولة وسلطاتھا ، ال يقتصر على التشكيلات السياسية الفائزة في الانتخابات ، فھم جزء من مؤسساتھا غير الحكومية ، وفي ظلالظروف الحالية ، يستوجب المطالبة والمساءلة المجتمعية لكافة الفائزين في الانتخابات من قبل الشعب ومؤسسات المجتمع المدني . عليه القوى السياسية مطالبة اكثر من اي وقت مضى ، على حماية العملية الديمقراطية والحد من الخروقات القانونية عبر الاليات التالية : ١ .الشعور بالمسؤولية الوطنية من قبل جميع القيادات السياسية ، نحو المزيد من الحوار للوصول الى حلول مقنعة لجميع الاطراف ،واستكمال بناء الدولة وفقا الاطار الدستوري بأليات قانونية ، وأدوات ديمقراطية . ٢ .الابتعاد الفوري عن التقاطعات السياسية والشروع بأختيار رئيس الجمھورية وتشكيل حكومة مستقلة تنفذ التزاماتھا أمام الشعب. ٣ .الاستثمار الامثل للموارد المالية ، والعمل على مضاعفة الجھود الرامية لتحقيق التوزان الاقتصادي والاجتماعي والتنموي ، وبمايوائم التھديدات الاقتصادية والامنية (الدولية والاقليمية). ٤ .الاسراع بأقرار الموازنة وتشريع القوانين ، والامتثال للشعب في بناء دولة مؤسسات تتمتع بروح المواطنة وقادرة على التغيير. َّ إن التكليف القانوني والوطني، يلزمنا دعم وحماية مسار العملية الديمقراطية في العراق ، ولا يأتي الا بتعزيز المساءلة المجتمعية من خلالمتابعة وتقييم اداء السلطات العامة واعلان مكامن الضعف والتقصير، واللجوء الى القضاء والاليات الديمقراطية كلما تطلب الامر، والسعيلبناء دولة مؤسسات قادرة على أعادة الثقة مع الشعب ، وتحقيق الرفاه والتنمية والسلام المستدام ، وضمان مستقبل يتلائم مع التضحيات التي قدمھا الشعب العراقي أثناء تحريره الارض الوطن وحماية مقدساته ، واثناء احتجاجه لتحقيق العدالة والمواطنة وسيادة القانون. ( المنظمات غير الحكومية في العراق – أيار ٢٠٢٢ ( المنظمات الموقعة ( من جميع محافظات العراق واقليم كردستان ) : ١ -منظمة ساوة لحقوق الانسان . ٢ -جمعية مراقبة حقوق الانسان العراقية . ٣ -مركز حقوق المرأة الانسانية . ٤ -منظمة النجدة الشعبية . ٥ -منظة بنت الرافدين . ٦ -منظمة الخير الانسانية .٧ -المركز العراقي لمھارات التفاوض وادارة النزاع . ٨ -شبكة شمس لمراقبة الانتخابات ( تضم ١٦١ منظمة واتحاد ونقابة ) .٩ -شبكة عين لمراقبة الانتخابات والديمقراطية ( ٣٤ منظمة غير حكومية ) .١٠-تحالف انسان لحقوق الانسان ( يضم ٢٨ منظمة غير حكومية ) .١١ -المؤسسة العراقية للتنمية .١٢ -مؤسسة أم اليتيم للتنمية .١٣ -المعھد العراقي لحقوق الانسان .

Business Innovation Program- Discussion session

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PAO held a meeting with the participation of representatives from the public and private sectors and non-governmental organizations to share thoughts on the Student Projects Exhibition, which will be held at the end of May.

This meeting comes within the activities of the Bussines Innovation Program, in which (Korek Telecom, Rwanga Foundation, HEARTLAND, KOHRW, Fly Erbil فلای اربیل, Gasha Institutee, Qimet qasiyah company, Vocational education directorate, chamber of commerce , tavgar schools, dabin group.

The invitees discussed new ideas that could help prepare for the last activity within the project, which is the project’s exhibition, and how to support students in the future to sustain the businesses that will be presented at the exhibition, especially the winning projects.

Training workshop on peacebuilding and conflict resolution for Officials, community leaders, and civic activists

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Strengthening social cohesion is considered a necessity and an urgent societal need after the exacerbation of the conflict that stands in the way of the discourse of peacebuilding and development. In order to enable and involve local authorities and community leaders in promoting community cohesion in twelve districts and cities in Nineveh and Kirkuk with the support of the Dutch government, PAO is working in partnership with UNDP Iraq to implement a project (Empowerment and Engagement of Community Mechanisms with Local Authorities to Promote Social Cohesion) which will provide training 300 officials, community leaders and civic activists on analysis and mechanisms of conflict management, dialogue, and mediation skills.

The Director-General of the Labor Department at MOLSA speaks about loans for youth to support them economically

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The Director-General of the Labor Department at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in cooperation with Business Innovation Program (BIP) Participated with PAO, through the Community Participation Center in Erbil Governorate and within Enhancing Democratization program, in the discussion session on promoting economic participation for youth, focusing on small projects and low-taxes loans offered by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs that can serve young people of both genders in opening small projects and thus obtaining access to Employment and income-earning opportunities in a diversified and competitive market economy.

Promoting Social Cohesion in Nineveh and Kirkuk

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The United Nations Development Program in Iraq (UNDP), in partnership with Public Aid Organization (PAO), and the Minorities coalition is empowering and engaging local authorities, and community-based mechanisms to enhance social cohesion in twelve districts in Nineveh and Kirkuk and with the support From the Netherland government.

PAO and UNDP are working together on promoting social cohesion by fighting discrimination, social exclusion, and inequalities, building social capital (i.e., networks of relationships, trust, and identity between and within different groups of society), and enabling upward social mobility in Nineveh.