Objective 5: Public Education on Anti-Corruption

Accomplishing Objective #5

Key Deliverables Accomplishing Objective #5
The Project accomplished this Objective through the following key deliverables previously provided to USDOS:

Key Activities Accomplishing Objective #5
On April 30, 2009, Ambassador Battle met with Jackie Frank of IREX to follow up on earlier discussions with the Project about collaboration with IREX and the Commission on Integrity to launch a scholarly anti-corruption journal in Iraq. Ambassador Battle offered the Project‘s assistance in recruiting people to write articles about themes around which the journal could be structured. CLA did not approve this proposal.

On May 19, 2009, Ambassador Battle, Professor Mallat, Andrew Allen, and Sean Gralton continued discussions with Ms. Frank of IREX on cooperation between IREX and the Project. They discussed a book launch of Dean Chodosh‘s book on anti-corruption (discussed below) and planned a workshop on that subject. CLA did not approve this proposal.

Course Outlines and Materials for the January 2010 Legislative Drafting Workshop
In December 2009, the Project‘s international anti-corruption expert Navin Beekary deployed to Baghdad to prepare an anti-corruption workshop for the Iraqi Commission on Integrity (COI).

Mr. Beekary prepared and provided to CLA and ACCO the course outlines and course materials for a two-week legislative drafting course for COI that relied on provisions from existing anti-corruption and related laws to discuss basic drafting principles. The main objective of the course was to provide participants with an overview of how to relate drafting principles to the actual process and techniques of drafting of a law or regulation. Although Mr. Beekary prepared outlines for Week 1 and Week 2 and the course materials for both weeks of the anti-corruption legislative-drafting course, CLA and COI later determined that only the first week of the course would be given in January 2010. The outlines for Week 1 and Week 2 are attached as Exhibits 93 and 95, respectively. The course materials for Week 1 and Week 2 are attached as Exhibits 94 and 96, respectively.

Advanced Anti-Corruption Legislative Drafting Workshop
Building on the preliminary training workshop for the COI implemented in early January 2010 by CLA, the Project developed an advanced training workshop in legislative drafting for the COI. The workshop focused on drafting principles, legislation relevant to existing and proposed laws on anti-corruption, and topics such as money laundering and witness protection. This intensive training course was conducted during January 24-28, 2010, for senior attorneys from the COI. The workshop incorporated international and comparative legal expertise relevant to the legislative process. The course outline is attached as Exhibit 81; the course materials are attached as Exhibit 82; and the PowerPoint presentation for the course is attached as Exhibit 83.

Planning for the Cancelled February 2010 Anti-Corruption Conference
In December 2010, Mr. Beekary prepared a detailed agenda for a proposed anti-corruption conference to be called ―Anti-Corruption: Iraq and International Best Practices (Anti-Corruption Conference) to be held at the Al Rashid Hotel in Baghdad on February 16 and 17, 2010. The course agenda is attached as Exhbit 97. Extensive planning and coordination for the Anti-Corruption Conference was carried out by Project personnel, including numerous meetings with the U.S. Embassy Baghdad and IREX—both in advance of Mr. Beekary‘s deployment to Baghdad and after. On December 30, 2009, the Project met with representatives of CLA and ACCO to discuss U.S. Embassy concerns that Iraqi government officials who would participate in the Anti-Corruption Conference might use their participation to make statements of a political nature that may lead to discussions that would be difficult to manage. Shortly thereafter, in early January 2010, the U.S. Embassy Baghdad cancelled the Anti-Corruption Conference.

Anti-Corruption Public Outreach
The Project‘s efforts during January and February 2010 also centered on further developing the Arabic and English anti-corruption sections of the Project website (www.gjpi.org) as part of broader, indirect strategies for outreach and public education under Objective #5.

Dean Chodosh wrote an essay, ―Corruption: Pressing Questions and New Directions, which was translated into Arabic. A copy in English is attached as Exhibit 85; a copy in Arabic is attached as Exhibit 86. He also prepared a book, Mapping Corruption, about the nature of corruption and new directions for reform activity.

  • A copy of Chapter 1 is attached as Exhibit 87
  • A copy of Chapter 2 is attached as Exhibit 88
  • A copy of Chapter 3 is attached as Exhibit 89
  • A copy of Chapter 4 is attached as Exhibit 90
  • A copy of Chapter 5 is attached as Exhibit 91
  • A copy of Chapter 6 is attached as Exhibit 92

Dean Chodosh‘s anti-corruption book discusses: growing awareness of corruption and its negative impact on human development; competing conceptions of corruption and intervention policies and resources; the reasons why corruption and its impacts are difficult to measure; and new thinking about the empirical, theoretical, and practical problems associated with charting an effective course of reform. The book was translated into Arabic and made available to GOI officials.

On October 8, 2009, Dean Chodosh‘s article, ―Mapping corruption: why words make a difference, was published in The Daily Star, and is attached as Exhibit 98.
On October 22, 2009, Dean Chodosh‘s article, ―Combating world’s corruption is a slippery business, was published in The Daily Star, and is attached as Exhibit 99.
On November 5, 2009, Dean Chodosh‘s article, ―Without identifying the underlying causes, we cannot combat corruption, was published in The Daily Star, and is attached as Exhibit 100.
On November 19, 2009, Dean Chodosh‘s article, ―Fighting Corruption: Identifying foundational obstacles and new directions, was published in The Daily Star, and is attached as Exhibit 101.