Making Local and Provincial Council Members Aware of the Roles They Can Play in Promoting Accountability and Transparency


Issue: Civil Society, Subnational

Country: Iraq

Organization: Awan


In 2012, Iraq was ranked 169 out of 174 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Led by Awan, the overarching goal of this project is to engage government officials in the elimination of the pervasive corruption that currently exists in Iraq, especially in the management of public resources. Awan will conduct fact-finding activities and trainings that seek to elucidate the existing roles and powers of local governments and provincial councils in Iraq, especially with regard to the management of the oil, gas and mining sectors. The project aims to make government officials aware of the roles they can play in promoting transparency and accountability in these sectors.

Established in 2011, Awan is a women’s rights organization working towards empowering women and promoting gender equality in Iraq. Awan’s work has not been confined to Iraqi women but has sought to target men and the society as a whole with the understanding that for societal reform to take place, Iraqi men, women and youth all need to be involved in the reform process.

Awan understands the need for transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors and the benefits that different groups, including women, can reap from improved transparency. Awan thus integrated the promotion of transparency as one of group's major objectives.

With RWI's help, Awan is

  • Raise awareness among subnational government officials by suggesting what their potential role can be in promoting accountability in the oil, gas and mining sectors. To encourage the collaboration of national and subnational governments to increase accountability and transparency within the oil, gas and minig sectors
  • To raise awareness among the general public on existing accountability problems within these industries

 

Related Grants

Title Year Amount
Making Local and Provincial Council Members Aware of the Roles They Can Play in Promoting Accountability and Transparency 2013 $29,965