Our Practice Areas

Civil Society Development
Social Inclusion
Independent Monitoring and Evaluation
Other Projects

Civil Society Development

Examples of 4points Group projects promoting civil society development in the MENA region include the following:

USAID Iraqi Access to Justice Project:  In partnership with Tetra Tech DPK, 4points Iraq is working to improve processes and procedures in Iraq to facilitate vulnerable populations’ access to government services and legal remedies. 4points is coordinating a series of trainings for civil society organizations in Iraq that advocate on behalf of marginalized groups such as at-risk women, the disabled, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), minorities and others for legal rights. 

NGO “Endurability” Project: In close coordination with the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team, DAI and USAID, 4points Iraq provided an extensive training and capacity building program for innovative local NGOs serving at-risk women, the disabled and other disadvantaged populations. The project consisted of two components: (1) broad-based training in NGO corporate governance and best practices to approximately 350 NGOs (including many focusing on women, children, the disabled orphans, internally displaced people); (2) a series of in-depth training and capacity building courses to 30 NGOs that are more developed and have demonstrated diligence and existing capacity to serve and represent their constituencies.

Iraqi National Institute for Special Needs and Disabled Children, Capacity Building and Advocacy Assistance:In this project for DAI (USAID - IRAP), 4points Iraq worked closely with the National Institute for Special Needs and Disabled Children in Baghdad help it expand its services, advocacy activities and constituency reach. 4points provided corporate governance best practices training to the organization, along with image-building and marketing assistance. Training provided included 144 hours of instruction in Marketing, Fundraising, Proposal Writing, Donor Solicitation, Financial Management, and English Language. In addition, 4points assisted in organizing a national conference to address the issues faced by handicapped and disabled persons in Iraq.


Social Inclusion

Examples of 4points Group projects promoting inclusion of traditionally marginalized populations include the following:

USAID Iraqi Access to Justice Project:  In partnership with Tetra Tech DPK, 4points Iraq works to improve processes and procedures in Iraq to facilitate vulnerable populations’ access to government services and legal remedies. 4points Iraq coordinates a series of trainings for civil society organizations in Iraq that advocate on behalf of marginalized groups such as at-risk women, the disabled, internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and minorities for legal rights. 

Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Alumni Chapter for Iraq: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, awarded 4points Iraq a 3-year project (starting in September 2011) in order to help build Iraq’s youth leaders by organizing Iraqi alumni of all MEPI programs into an Iraqi MEPI Alumni Chapter. The Chapter facilitates these young people’s engagement in civic activism, creating an environment for local and regional change through youth leadership. Through this project, 4points Iraq is creating and implementing more than three dozen workshops, including courses such as “Women and Minority Rights in the Arab world,” as well as community service events engaging future leaders of Iraq with traditionally marginalized populations, such as refugees and orphans. 

NGO “Endurability” Project: In coordination with the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team, DAI and USAID, 4points Iraq provided an extensive training and capacity building program for local NGOs serving at-risk women, the disabled and other disadvantaged populations. The project consisted of two components: (1) broad-based training in NGO corporate governance and best practices to approximately 350 NGOs (including many focusing on women, children, the disabled orphans, internally displaced people); (2) a series of in-depth training and capacity building courses to 30 NGOs that are more developed and have demonstrated diligence and existing capacity to serve and represent their constituencies.

Iraqi National Institute for Special Needs and Disabled Children, Capacity Building and Advocacy Assistance: In this project for DAI (USAID - IRAP), 4points Iraq worked closely with the National Institute for Special Needs and Disabled Children in Baghdad help it expand its services, advocacy activities and constituency reach. 4points provided corporate governance best practices training to the organization, along with image-building and marketing assistance. Training provided included 144 hours of instruction in Marketing, Fundraising, Proposal Writing, Donor Solicitation, Financial Management, and English Language. In addition, 4points assisted in organizing a national conference to address the issues faced by handicapped and disabled persons in Iraq.

Iraq Community Based Conflict Mitigation (ICCM) program: In partnership with Relief International, 4points Iraq managed the ICCM program’s country-wide youth component, which included implementation of sporting events, construction of play grounds and facilitation of youth camps, as well as engendering volunteerism and community involvement among Iraqi youth. The program reached 35,000 young people in Iraq. 4points Iraq also oversaw vocational training for young people in Baghdad recently released from prison. The goal of this project was to help reintegrate these young people into society after their arrest by U.S. forces. Over 90 young people participated in the program, through which they were trained in hair cutting, sewing and computer skills.

PRT Partnerships: In partnership with the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), 4points Iraq led a series of projects targeting youth, women, IDPs and other disadvantaged groups over a two-year period: 

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Reintegration of young released detainees in Sadr City through a two-pronged rehabilitation program aimed at imparting employable skills through vocational training as well as assisting returning detainees with adjusting socially through a counselling component;
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Reconciliatory vocational trainingfor 100 widowed victims of violence who had lost their husbands to sectarian strife. Participating in the program were both Sunni and Shi'a widows. Program involved training, grants, and organizational assistance to form a self-sustaining enterprise run by the widows in IDP-ridden Zafraniya in Baghdad;
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Material and organizational assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in west Baghdad;
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Conference with Sadr City sheikhs and community leaders to interact with the Iraqi Minister of Migration and Immigration heading the Sadr City reconstruction effort; and
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Peace-building activities with East Baghdad elementary and secondary schools through a local women and children-supporting civil society organization. Activities involved story reading and skits centered on peace-building themes.

 

Independent Monitoring and Evaluation

Examples of projects for which 4points Group provided monitoring and evaluation services include the following:

USAID Governance Strengthening Project: In partnership with Chemonics International, 4points Iraq provides qualified specialized and administrative local professionals to train and build capacity for local and provincial council staff, governorate staff, and staff working at municipalities 4points administered the project’s Iraq-wide surveys, public opinion research, and data analysis for assessing citizen satisfaction levels with local government and gathering prioritized public needs across communities, including those benefitting disenfranchised citizens in impoverished areas of Iraq.

Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI): In partnership with URC, 4points Iraq implemented a country-wide survey to assess the performance of primary health care clinics and their knowledge and skills in compliance with quality standards in management, clinical services and community partnerships. The project aims to strengthen the health care sector in Iraq and improve their capacity to provide essential primary health care services and expand availability and increase coverage to vulnerable and at-risk populations, including children under 5 years old, women and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

USAID Tijara: In partnership with the Louis Berger Group, 4points Iraq assessed business service market needs in 15 separate provincial locations in Iraq, with the ultimate aim of improving the business enabling environment for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the private sector to boost employment opportunities. Specific activities included surveying at least 700 Iraqi private companies and conducting 12-20 focus group discussions per province. Results of the survey assisted the USAID-supported Small Business Development Centers in generating self-sustainable strategies.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advanced Learners Program:-4points Iraq supported opportunities for Iraqi youth by conducting a survey and assessment of Advanced Learner Program (ALP) Schools in Iraq for UNICEF. The effort involved monitoring and evaluating the ALP throughout multiple governorates in Iraq by surveying nearly 4,000 students, teachers and parents in over 20 educational administrative districts.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) CISCO Networking Academy Project Assessment:-4points Iraq was hired by International Solutions Group to perform a full assessment and evaluation for UN-ESCWA's multi-year project to establish CISCO networking academies in a number of private and public universities and centers of learning throughout Iraq to help build important hard skills among Iraqi youth. 4points participated in a UN-ESCWA conference in Beirut where major stakeholders met and discussed project implementation issues and next steps to further IT education in Iraq.


Other Projects

Other examples of 4points Group projects in the MENA region include the following:

International Finance Corporation “Business Edge” Training Program in Iraq:  4points Group works with the World Bank/IFC to bring its highly successful Business Edge training program (a series of 52 workshops on a variety of business topics) to Iraq.  The objective is to revitalize the private sector in Iraq by improving the managerial capacity, business performance, and competitiveness of Iraqi MSMEs and individuals to generate employment opportunities. This program also has a specific focus on women and women-owned businesses.

TESOL Iraq Organizational Foundation Conference: 4points Iraq partnered with the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to organize a three-day conference for Iraqi teachers of English, with the objective of forming a first branch of Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL), a field dominated by women teachers.  In addition to turnkey project management and oversight for the conference, 4points also provided capacity-building training courses for members of the TESOL Board and organization in skills such as event management, finance and bookkeeping, and public relations. Specific services included participant registration, conference set-up and management, and facilitating travel needs for participants coming from all over the country. 4points helped build capacity for this important female-dominated sector to help establish an NGO overseeing TSOL certification. During the conference, 4points oversaw a democratic election of the organization’s board of directors.

Agricultural Finance Sector Development Training: 4points Iraq coordinated closely with key stakeholders in the private and public financial sector to conduct awareness and training in agri-lending practices that benefit disadvantaged and impoverished farmers in Iraq.  Specific activities included the organization of a conference forum to facilitate public private dialogue for raising awareness of hindering issues in agri-finance support in Iraq, as well as training for private and public bank representatives in agri-lending practices.

4points Group is also a signee of the UN Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally-accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. 4point Solutions is an active member of and contributor to the Global Compact. Our Iraq operating arm has already signed a declaration of being a woman-owned company, and 4points has also donated critical services to the project, including creating and publishing its newsletter and other communication materials.