This is a guest blog written by Ikram Zubaydi who works for Integrity Action’s newest partner in Palestine, Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy (PCPD). Ikram recently attended Integrity Action’s Global Partners and Training of Trainers Workshop in Nangarkot, Nepal.
Nepal! What a nice country to meet people from different places to talk about Integrity! Nangarkot, where we were staying was peaceful, calm and clean. This is the world that we have all dreamt of.
The workshop, organised by Integrity Action, gave me the opportunity to learn more about how I can be effective in my community. How I can improve my life, and try to increase the culture of integrity in my country.
The group of participants who joined me came from Afghanistan, Kenya and obviously Nepal! It was a harmonious group where from the beginning we were all comfortable chatting, laughing and learning from each other. We shared stories, experiences and challenges about our work, social accountability and corruption from all of our different countries.
The training was interesting and creative. We talked about a lot of different topics and strategies including: the Integrity Formula, how communities should be engaged, how citizens become monitors, how monitors act when they have been trained, how problems are fixed and lives are improved. The trainers were professionals and we learnt a great deal. The Trainers Handbook and the materials which we received are rich and valuable for the implementation of Community Integrity Building in our countries.