Expert Exchange Mechanism/ Knowledge
Geographic focus: Iraq, Tunisia, India, South Africa, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Turkey, Palestine and Jordan
Thematic focus areas supported by the mechanism: Promoting knowledge and capacity of the Independent High Elections Commission (IHEC); Governance Steps/stages in practical application of the mechanism:
A study visit was conducted to the South African Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Pretoria to consider an established public outreach department in another independent Electoral Management Body (EMB). The study visit provided IHEC with a timely opportunity to examine best practices and relevant examples of voter education campaigns and materials in preparation for future electoral events. Responding to the development of Iraq National E-Governance Strategic Plan, UNDP-Iraq with ESCWA organized a study tour to India for senior level government officials/stakeholders from the Public Sector to share India`s experience in: harnessing ICT technologies in service of community development, inclusiveness and empowerment, particularly at the local level; highlighting e-governance practices in connecting citizens to the State - at both the federal and local levels - and enhancing services. In April the study tour set out to the southern Indian province of Karnataka/ Bangalore and then to New Delhi. UNDP is also supporting study tours with Egypt National Reference Laboratory, which is also providing on-going technical support to the national reference laboratory for Iraq for TB under the GFATM programme.
Results to Date:
October 2011: a senior IHEC delegation including seven IHEC Commissioners and Director Generals travelled to Tunisia to provided support to the Tunisian Independent Election Commission as agreed with, and supported by, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This followed the announcement by the Prime Minister that it would provide financial and technical assistance to the Tunisian Election Commission for the Constituent Assembly Elections and pledged support to the Tunisian people in their first democratic elections through the provision of (1M USD) and technical support by the IHEC throughout polling, counting and tabulation of election results. UNDP also established and strengthened relationships between the Judiciaries of Iraq and Dubai. A selection of representatives of the Iraqi Judiciary travelled to observe the operations of the Dubai Judiciary and to plan for the development of the Iraqi Judiciary. Further, a study tour to Singapore has also had a specific focus on Information Technology, organizational management and human resources capacity development. UNDP supported the Committee of Experts of the Iraqi Parliament and the Secretariat in comparative knowledge and best practices modules on HRCs` internationally; solicited the expertise of the Palestine and Turkey HCHR and availed those resources to the Iraqi`s. UNDP facilitated a cooperation initiative between the Iraq and Jordan Family Protection Units, Jordan FPU is perceived as a pioneer in the region in this arena and has availed its technical resources to further enhance and build the capacity of the Iraqi units. Under the law enforcement capacity building a core group of decision makers and technical staff were selected by the IPS senior management to attend a study tour to benchmark countries. A delegation from the MOI in Baghdad and IPS in Al Basrah visited Jordan and Abu Dhabi. A 5-week training in the Royal Police Academy of Jordan aimed at strengthening the capacity in strategic planning of the IPS in Al Basrah.
Focal Point and Contact:
Country Director, UNDP Iraq