GPG to keep supporting the Iraqi Parliament in the run up to elections
With elections expected in October 2021, GPG is assisting the Iraqi Parliament with preparations for the transition and handover. GPG will work closely with the Youth and Sports, Finance, Health & Environment, and Women’s Committees on developing legacy reports to capture each committee’s achievements, pending amendments to legislation. We will also be accounting for outstanding public policy issues which arose during their parliamentary term. The legacy reports will preserve institutional memory as well as the key achievements of each committee to ensure continuity and sustainability between parliamentary terms.
GPG will be supporting the Women’s Committee on building their leadership capacity in the run up for elections and on developing a political manifesto which touches on key public policy issues for women in Iraq.
GPG supports the NCCT on their review of human trafficking legislation
GPG hosted a session with the National Committee to Counter Trafficking on research commissioned by GPG on the human trafficking legislation in Sudan and relevant trafficking legislation standards internationally and regionally. Our Associate Mohammed Babiker and Project Manager Abdal-Rahman Eltayeb facilitated the video conference from Sudan (whilst ensuring that government Covid-19 guidelines were adhered to). The session was part of GPG’s continued support for the committee as they work to update human trafficking legislation in Sudan to tackle this challenge.
The session’s recommendations will be used by the NCCT to inform areas of reform to the 2014 Anti Trafficking Act which is under review. Our counterparts at the NCCT are working to amend the legislation in a way that is more suitable to the context in Sudan and that can widen the scope of protection to potential victims and survivors of trafficking.
The team at GPG continue their support of the NCCT in other areas including reporting on human trafficking, coordination of efforts between the NCCT and state bodies, and awareness raising.
Research project into the impact of Covid-19 on human trafficking in Sudan
If you haven’t already seen it, the briefing on emerging findings on the impacts of Covid-19 on human trafficking in Sudan was published by the Rights Lab in partnership with Waging Peace, RUSI, and GPG. Preliminary evidence review and data suggest that pandemic-related restrictions caused an adaptation in migratory, smuggling, and trafficking routes. The restrictions also increased vulnerability to exploitation of already at-risk groups such as refugees and children.
The final project findings will be released soon with more in-depth information regarding the effects of the pandemic on human trafficking in Sudan. We will also be hosting an event to launch the final report – make sure you catch it! You can follow the latest updates on the research project and event by following GPG on Twitter.
Successes for our support programme to the Majlis al-Nuwab
GPG has successfully completed its project to support the Bahrain Council of Representatives (Majlis al-Nuwab) in strengthening Youth Political Participation and supporting the Parliamentary Information and Communication & Technology (ICT) Programme.
This month, GPG delivered a private session on ICT bringing together technical experts and politicians to discuss the impact of digital innovation in parliaments in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The session included speakers such as GPG Associate and former Prime Minister of Estonia HE. Taavi Rõivas and drew heavily on international experience with IT services to MPs, online community engagement and the latest innovations in e-law making systems. GPG Associates developed a tailored ICT resource pack to support the Nuwab as they refresh their parliamentary ICT roadmap looking at the next two years.
GPG is currently preparing for the third phase of collaboration with the Nuwab to build on these achievements.
GPG has successfully completed its project to support the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) on the recently passed Freedom of Information law in Kuwait and the Parliamentary Codes of Conduct initiatives which are part of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
The project delivered customised resource packs to provide guidance drawing on international experience in rolling out Freedom of Information laws and in developing codes of conduct in the public sector. In partnership with Nazaha, GPG delivered three live webinar sessions to Nazaha staff and over 60 government agencies (over 220 participants in total) to introduce the Freedom of Information law across the Kuwaiti administration and how governmental entities will have to comply with it.
GPG is currently preparing for the next phase of collaboration with Nazaha to build on the milestones that have been achieved and expand our support to the implementation of Kuwait’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
Strategic communication workshop for the National Assembly of Armenia
This month, thanks to our expert Associate Aileen Walker, GPG delivered a first workshop on Strategic Communication to the MPs of the National Assembly of Armenia. The session was organised in an interactive format to ensure the participants’ active engagement. GPG’s team had a constructive discussion with the MPs about Parliament’s vision for its communications and its plans on improving engagement with its citizens. Additionally, Aileen is developing several papers covering branding and outreach, public engagement, a communication vision roadmap, and a leaflet entitled “What your parliament does for you”.
GPG’s team is also cooperating with the UNDP to finalise a series of handbooks for the National Assembly. These handbooks aim to introduce different approaches and outlines how to conduct financial oversight, develop a flexible Code of Ethics, and deliver a training programme.
A fruitful conclusion for our Lebanon project
Our project in Lebanon was completed this last month, after building a series of training sessions for potential female candidates in Beqaa, Tripoli, Beirut, and Ghazieh. Sessions were focused on the required steps to start a campaign, such as registering one’s candidacy for municipal elections or the conditions to one’s eligibility to run. At the end of the training sessions last week, the participants shared very positive feedback with us and added that they noticed clear improvement in their own knowledge and capacity to move forward.
We are grateful to all our Associates, partners, and participants for their contribution to this fruitful project.
Successful international forums on scrutiny and youth rights with the Oliy Majlis Human Rights Commission
In the course of the past four months, GPGF produced a number of advice notes and developed an online training programme addressing the commission’s five priority human rights areas. Our expert Associates Nick Walker, Meg Munn, Paul Silk, Baroness Alison Suttie, and Aileen Walker delivered four webinars to introduce international frameworks and a variety of approaches to human rights scrutiny and good practice to the commission.
Our top achievement was the organisation of two international forums, which provided a space for the commission members to exchange thoughts and experiences with the UK’s leading experts in the human rights area. Together with GPGF staff, the forum welcomed members of the commission, its Chair, Prof. Akmal Saidov, as well as the UK Ambassador for Human Rights Rita French, the Former Chair of the EHCR (Equality and Human Rights Commission) David Isaac, Member of the House of Lords and Member of the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights Baroness Massey, Scottish EHRC Clerk Claire Menzies, and representatives of the Youth Parliaments for the UK and Scotland, Cormac Savage and Sophie Reid.
GPGF is grateful for the support of the guest speakers and for the active engagement of the Uzbekistan Human Rights Commission.