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Between 14 and 16 June, Integrity Director Anthony Ellis and Research Analysts Marc Parker and Louise Khabure were in Nairobi, Kenya, where they delivered analytical training for east African justice and security officials.
Co-hosted by the Centre on Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation
(CGCC) and the East African Intergovernmental Authority on
Development (IGAD), Anthony, Marc and Louise worked with officials
from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda
and Sudan to build their practical analytical skills. As part
of a programme to strengthen cooperation between IGAD member
states, attendees were trained in a range of analytical, technological and organisational tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their effectiveness.
Topics covered included open source analysis, the use of new analytical tools to identify and sort data, and data gathering and evaluation. Participants concluded the meeting with a brainstorming session on the development of concrete mechanisms for inter-state analysis and information sharing in the sub-region.
Integrity Director Andrew Cleary has been published in a new book on natural gas markets in the Middle East. On Wednesday 25 May, Directors Anthony and Andrew attended the launch of the new book, Natural Gas Markets in the Middle East and North Africa, published by Oxford University Press, via the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Andrew wrote his chapter, on natural gas in the Mashreq and Israel, whilst living in Syria between 2008 and 2009.
Andrew and Anthony took the opportunity to speak with academics, energy industry players and media representatives about Integrity's unique approach to research in the world's most difficult to access environments. There was significant interest in and enthusiasm for Integrity and our work, evidence of the keen interest within the energy industry for the ethical approach and unique services Integrity provides.
Integrity's Head of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Martine Zeuthen is in Africa’s Great Lakes Region developing recommendations to inform the future strategic direction and implementation of Care Norway's Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative (GLAI), a three-year project spearheading grass root advocacy against GBV in the region. The consultants are visiting Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, speaking to community activists, political leaders, civil society groups and UN agencies on the subject of gender based violence and how CARE can scale up its grassroots advocacy work to a regional level. The overall objective of GLAI is to contribute to the implementation of international humanitarian and human rights standards that protect the rights of women and girls in post-conflict and conflict situations.