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Marc Buchner, our Head of Asia, has landed in Islamabad where he will be working full time to develop our Pakistan country office. As part of Integrity’s imperative to work through and help build local organisations Marc will work hand in hand with our local partners Raabta Consultants, a respected and growing organisation providing community-based research, two way communications systems and data management services.
Marc's deployment reflects the importance we place on Pakistan as the cornerstone of our regional work. It is a priority country for the humanitarian and development sectors and its stability is a geopolitical imperative for the region. Integrity is proud to already be a member of the consortia delivering two of DFID’s most prominent governance programmes in the country, the Peacebuilding Support to the Post Crisis Needs Assessment in Khyber Phaktunkwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and also the Subnational Governance Programme in Punjab. Marc will be focussing on ensuring the smooth delivery of our contributions to these projects, as well as building out our portfolio of joint work with Raabta.
To find our more about our work in Pakistan please get in touch with Marc direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Integrity was delighted to host Dina Melhem, Head of Middle East and North Africa Programmes at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). She presented on her recent work analysing efforts to promote democratic processes and good governance across the MENA region.
Speaking at Integrity’s UK headquarters in Somerset House, Dina provided insights into the evolving activities of WFD across the region, outlining the contextual nuances and operational challenges encountered over seven years of political engagement in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. Elucidating the governance issues and political dynamics before and after the Arab Spring, the workshop explored emerging openings for strengthening democratic institutions, while also highlighting vulnerabilities for those seeking to support governance reform in this area. Fielding questions on a wide range of surrounding issues, Dina expanded on the need for multinational partnerships, the advancement of gender equality, and the importance of promoting accountability measures in some of the world’s most politically sensitive environments and fragile states.
Integrity would like to thank Dina for sharing her expert insight with the team, as we continually look to strengthen our expertise through our permanent offices in Nairobi, Juba and Beirut, our expanding network of local partners, and our constant engagement with leading international specialists. Providing a deep understanding of national trends and localised specificities remains an integral component of all our research, monitoring and evaluation, and stakeholder engagement programmes, allowing us to maintain the quality and accuracy of our work across the MENA region.
On the 17th of April Integrity officially moved into our new office space in the west wing of Somerset House. Since the Inland Revenue moved the last of their operations from this prestigious building it has become a hub of activity for dynamic young companies, social entrepreneurs and creative organisations. Integrity will be rubbing shoulders with film and music foundations as well as PR and journalism organisations, research companies and charities. We are delighted to be joining such a vibrant business community. Moreover, now that the British summer is finally blossoming, our team is delighted to invite partners and clients to join us here and enjoy outdoor meetings on the terrace overlooking the river Thames.
Since summer 2012 Integrity has been conducting mapping and evaluation projects in Syria to assess the transformations and trajectories of civil society and local governance structures. Analysing key entities and individuals underpinning civil and political movements in Aleppo governorate, our field researchers have conducted over forty in-depth interviews, gathering information and insights from key sources in both Syria and the southern Turkish towns of Gaziantep and Reyhanli. Through additional support provided by a broader project team based in London, Beirut, Cairo and Istanbul, Integrity has produced a report explicating the emergence of opposition civil governance structures in Aleppo.
Aleppo governorate has been ravaged by Syria’s ongoing conflict, with the city in the grip of a bloody stalemate, and opposition-controlled areas coming to terms with the challenges of establishing and maintaining electricity, fuel, food and water provision to large sections of the governorate. Civil governance structures have operated at a local level in a number of opposition-controlled areas across the governorate; yet, it was not until the formation of the now defunct Aleppo Transitional Revolutionary Council (ATRC) and its successor, the Aleppo Governorate Council (AGC), that organisations assumed responsibility for the coordination of governorate-level functions.
However, both entities have experienced problems regarding representation and capacity, with the ongoing conflict severely inhibiting service provision and forestalling democratic processes. Consequently, whilst the AGC looks to consolidate its position there remains an array of factors that may cause it succumb to the same fate as the ATRC.
The report is freely available; please contact email@example.com for further details.
In March Integrity CEO Anthony Ellis and Conflict Specialist Dr James Khalil attended CDA Collaborative Learning Projects' DFID-funded Reflecting on Peace Practise Programme. The training took place in Barcelona in partnership with the the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center.
It comprised an intensive five day series of lectures, scenarios and training exercises regarding strategic programming in peace-building. Concepts and frameworks were introduced and examined including an approach to conflict analysis, programme strategy development, theories of change and evaluation of programme impact.
At Integrity we continue to evolve our integrated approach to conflict analysis, theory of change and design, monitoring and evaluation. CDA's inputs have been a well-timed opportunity to evaluate the merits of existing methodologies and approaches. Integrity continues to embed the concepts and processes around Do No Harm, and conflict and context sensitivity into our own research and implementation and those of our partners and clients.
Dr Khalil and Integrity's Head of Design Monitoring and Evaluation Martine Zeuthen are leading on this method development. Nuanced, localised and multi-lens conflict analysis and assessment are a key offering from Integrity in this context as exampled by our recent and freely available Strategic Conflict Assessment comparing the drivers of conflict in both Mon and Kachin states in Myanmar.
The workshop focused on Syria’s emerging civil administrations, the focus of ongoing research for Integrity.
Following a presentation on the structures, challenges and dynamics facing these emerging administrations a general discussion was held with participants including representatives from the Foreign Office, Saferworld, Amnesty, Conciliation Resources, the London School of Economics, Transnational Crisis Project and Chatham House.
The group was asked to come up with practical measures that could support the new local administration councils. During the final plenary discussion Tristan presented six points proposed from the group: