The PeaceTech Camp (PTXIraq), organized by the Sanad Foundation for Peacebuilding in Iraq, was concluded in Basra on Friday with the participation of more than 30 civil society organizations and five days of activity at the Basra International Hotel Hall.
"Peace Camp PTXIraq, in which more than 30 civil society organizations took part, included the training of participants on eight important techniques related to data documentation, interactive maps and the best use of platforms, community outreach, and industry," said Firas Al-Abbasi. "Press can record stories using smart phones, and implement programs related to integrity and transparency using those technologies. "
He stressed that four out of ten projects concerned with integrity and transparency were selected to support the citizens of Basra with a grant of no more than five thousand dollars each.
"The organization coordinated with the decision-makers in Basra to attend the opening and closing of the camp, and to support the organizations that succeeded in writing the four winning projects."
"All the projects presented by the participants included the use of StoryMaker for the production of press stories using smart phones for ease of use and speed of use, and its importance for documenting the work phases of the projects," said international trainer Tahseen Zarkani. The four will develop the skills of their project staff to use the StoryMaker application, along with other techniques to achieve their project objectives.
"The participants in the camp benefited from the eight technologies that allow us, regardless of winning a project funding grant or not, to use these tools in our work to serve civil society," said activist Farah al-Badran, pointing out that most organizations do not know about the existence of these technologies and applications, which can contribute to the success of projects and activities.
Participants in the workshop called on international organizations to implement similar programs that employ the use of electronic technologies in projects related to citizens' interests.