A key milestone was reached this week with the first Building Integrity (BI) course attended by both Jordanian and Iraqi officials.
The course was delivered by BI UK in partnership with trainers from the Palestinian Authority Security Forces (PASF). Iraqi attendance was notable, demonstrating the growing demand for this training within Iraq and the Middle East.
As part of the government’s commitments in the 2017-2022 Anti-Corruption Strategy, Building Integrity UK undertook to promote stronger capabilities to combat corruption in the defence and security sectors in five partner countries or regions by 2019 and support the development of regional Building Integrity Centres of Excellence in Jordan, Ukraine and Western Balkans.
This was the eighth course run in Jordan since 2015, but the first to be co-delivered by BI UK supported by UK trained Palestinian instructors.
Jacqueline Davies, BI UK said: “I am delighted that the Building Integrity programme is gaining traction in the Middle East through the inclusion of Iraqi Senior Officials receiving training and the PASF involved in delivery. The importance of capacity building is increasingly resonating and the growing Building Integrity community is having a demonstrable impact on reducing the risks of corruption in the region.”
The PASF instructors have undergone a prolonged period of mentoring from May 2017 in the UK, Jordan and Palestine and delivered a quarter of the Building Integrity for Senior Leaders course run in Ramallah in July this year. This was the first time they exported their delivery skills to another country and represents a milestone in their development. The intention is for half of the next course in Ramallah in January 2019 to be delivered by the PASF instructors supported by the BI UK team from the Defence Academy.
This programme helps move towards fulfilling the key defence commitments in the national strategy.