English Language Training for the Commission of Integrity and Other Institutions 80465 – Final Narrative Project Report
Final Narrative Project Report – English Language Training 80465
Corruption is recognized as a complex, social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all
countries. Post-conflict contexts are particularly vulnerable to corruption, given that such
reconstruction environments are normally characterized by large-scale injections of resources where
both legal and institutional frameworks are weak, fragile or non-existent with relevant expertise
scarce. In such contexts, oversight and detection of crime tend to be low; prevention and
enforcement mechanisms fragile; and surviving governing structures weak in terms of financial,
fiscal, administrative and regulatory capacities.
The globalization of economic and socio-economic development and the transboundary nature of
corruption crimes resulted in the UN Convention against Corruption which recognizes that
corruption is far reaching and undermines democratic processes, sustainable development and the
rule of law. On 17 March 2008, the Government of Iraq became a States Party to the UN Convention
As part of their efforts to fight corruption, financial crimes, and terrorist finance, Iraqi institutions
seek greater cooperation with international law enforcement authorities. Such cooperation is
essential to succeed in detecting money laundering, tracing and recovering stolen assets, and
extradition of suspects from foreign jurisdictions. One of the noted gaps within the Iraqi oversight
institutions was the ability to communicate effectively with their counterparts worldwide. Iraqi
oversight institutions recognize that they will need to dramatically increase the number of staff who
have English language skills in order to effectively communicate with international counterparts.
Iraq is one of the few countries in the Middle East that has developed a National Anti-Corruption
Strategy. Anti-corruption initiatives did not stand alone but have lobbied and integrated into key
Government of Iraq and United Nations documents. The Government of Iraq in the 2013-2017
National Development Plan established transparency as one of the core principles and defined
output 4-34: Integrity, Transparency, Accountability and Fighting Corruption.
The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has supported the funding
of this capacity development project which was designed to enhance the ability of Iraq key anti-
corruption agencies to communicate in the English language to facilitate greater international
coordination and assist to build architecture for cross-border investigations. This project was
arranged between INL and the Commission of Integrity with UNDP approached by INL to facilitate
the project. Throughout the project UNDP has utilized an inner-disciplinary team that has minimized
staff and management costs.
UNDP support has resulted in four levels of English as a second language. The resultant classes were
designed to teach and enhance English language capacity to Iraqi oversight/financial institutions,
the judicial and Commission of Integrity. This project English Language Training for the Commission
of Integrity and Other Institutions has facilitated and documented improved English skills for the
initial group, all working in one of the anti-corruption institutions and judiciary to further support the
implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the Iraq Anti-Corruption
Strategy and facilitate greater international coordination.