Recognizing Youth This July and August

recognizing-youth_tile-rectangleIn recognition of this month’s Youth Skills Day and August’s International Youth Day, we want to highlight some of our recent youth programs. Follow along with this page and social media (Facebook, Twitter) for all of our updates.


Day Five: MSI’s Youth Practice Area

MSI continues to hone our worldwide reputation for designing, implementing and supporting positive youth development initiatives. Read more about our youth practice area here.

Day Four: New Masala Theatre Productions, Zambia

New Masala Theatre Productions in Ndola, Zambia uses a creative outlet to raise money in order to increase local awareness about HIV/AIDS. This program allows the community’s youth to use their skills to generate change.

Day Three: Pride Community Health Organization, Zambia

The Pride Community Health Organization was established in Kafue, Zambia in 2003 in cooperation with USAID. The organization provides community-based HIV/AIDS services focused on educating and engaging the local community.


Day Two: Roan Youth Development, Zambia

Roan-Youth-Development-RESIZEMSI’s capacity building partner, Roan Youth Development in Luanshya, Zambia creates school-based HIV/AIDS programs in order to teach the community’s youth about the disease and its progression. The programs, developed in coordination with USAID, are working towards a more sustainable HIV/AIDS response.

Day One: MSI’s Internship Program

It’s World Youth Skills Day! Youth make up an important part of any population and are a crucial part of international development. In recognition, we’re highlighting some of MSI’s youth programs. First up, we want to mention our Internship Program. We certainly value all of our hardworking interns and the skills they bring to their jobs!

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Creative Anti-Corruption Films Showcased in Indonesia’s 2015 ACFFest

KPK photoOn February 11, 2015, more than 300 activists packed the auditorium of Jakarta’s Film Institute Building to mark the launch of the third annual Anti-Corruption Film Festival (ACFFest). Sponsored by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) with support from USAID’s Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program 1 (SIAP 1), ACFFest 2015 featured a competition for short films, short documentaries, short animations, citizen journalism videos, and public service announcements.

The annual event, created in 2013, supports the fight against corruption in Indonesia and raises public awareness by mobilizing students, filmmakers, and Indonesia’s creative community to produce films that enshrine honesty, integrity, and transparency in order to boost anti-corruption education efforts. Management Systems International (MSI) is involved in all the stages of film production from film proposal submission to post-production. Each of the production teams is mentored by local experts in coordination with personnel from MSI SIAP 1, KPK, Padi Padi, and production coordinators to ensure each stage of film production is achieved.

During his opening remarks, KPK Commissioner Zulkarnain said, “Young people’s engagement with the anti-corruption movement, through ACFFest, is very meaningful in supporting KPK’s efforts to prevent and eradicate corruption. They can use this event to investigate or monitor public services, for example.” KPK Vice Chairman Bambang Widjojanto later noted that film is a great way to reach out to the next generation, which is important because young people have the power to change the world.

To broaden the event’s reach, SIAP 1 and the KPK took ACFFest 2015 on the road with events in 9 cities. More than 3,700 people have attended the events to engage in talk shows with representatives from KPK, SIAP 1, and filmmakers.

ACFFest will head to 5 other cities in August for road shows, where youth can submit short-film proposals with anti-corruption themes. The best proposals will be selected by MSI/SIAP 1, KPK, and National Filmmakers to be produced between June and November 2015.

Upcoming tour dates and instant updates are available via the official Twitter account, @ACFFest. For examples, watch four short films from 2011, developed for “Kita versus Korupsi (US Against Corruption),” an anthology based on stories generated from a competition conducted by Transparency International Indonesia.

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Partnerships to Promote Accountability in Indonesia

MSI is proud to partner with Indonesia’s Supreme Audit Board (BPK) to ensure accountability and transparency in the country’s new program aimed at increasing investment and economic reform. The program’s key reforms focus on speeding up business licensing, increasing revenue through tax reform, reducing fuel subsidies to finance infrastructure and achieving increased productivity and competitiveness. The BPK monitors the program by tracking its effectiveness and financial management. The BPK also focuses on promoting anti-corruption by working closely with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

We recently collaborated with USINDO and USAID to host the Chairman of the BPK, Dr. Harry Azhar Azis at an Open Forum on the BPK’s role in the new government’s agenda titled “Safeguarding Integrity and Accountability in Indonesia’s Economic Reforms.” Watch the video above to learn more about the BPK and our work in Indonesia.

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Strengthening the Iraqi Government’s Response to the IDP Crisis

IMG_0503Iraqi officials are facing the mounting challenge of managing more than 3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Along with defeating ISIS, effective management of this crisis is a top Government of Iraq (GoI) priority for the foreseeable future.

In order to support the GoI, Partners for Democratic Change and Management Systems International (MSI) have partnered on the Takatuf project, which aims to support local governments in provinces particularly hard-hit by the IDP situation. This past month, Takatuf hosted 23 GoI officials from the IDP-affected provinces of Babil, Karbala, Kirkuk and Najaf for training and live scenario planning exercises using IDP crisis principles, participatory planning, and stakeholder outreach techniques. These officials were selected for their experience designing, managing, or implementing the IDP response portfolio for their respective Governor’s Office. All representatives are critical actors in their provinces, at the forefront of crisis and disaster management.

MSI’s advisors emphasized the technical relevance of international standards and guidelines in crisis planning, and worked with the participants to build everything that is needed to incorporate them in terms of IDP and host community planning and engagement strategies specific to the Iraq context. These exercises also aimed to assist the GOs to better coordinate not only across other GoI agencies, but with other bi-lateral partners such as humanitarian agencies. MSI’s broader approach to framing and developing these capacities clearly resonated with the attendees’ own experiences. One official from Najaf shared that while he was unfamiliar with the internationally defined principles, he identified with them because of his experience as a child growing up in a refugee camp. He recognized the importance of impartiality and inclusion to ensure vulnerable people are treated with dignity and respect.

Additionally, after reviewing several models GoI officials found USAID’s five “phases of displacement” to be the most relevant framework for planning current and future interventions in conjunction with their constituent and IDP communities. Group exercises had each provincial delegation working together to develop ideas or products that would be relevant in their particular contexts. Each province produced practical ideas for community-engaging interventions and stakeholder outreach plans that included not only IDP and host communities, but members of civil society, academia, and the private sector as well. The GO officials were also all keen to discuss how ramifications of programming and support now will support future phases of reintegration and sustained return.

The training was a unique opportunity for these GoI officials to take a step back from their day-to-day, emergency-driven work to consider the bigger picture of current approaches to IDP management in their province. Each province reiterated their commitments to work with Takatuf moving forward to develop inclusive and participatory-developed plans to support IDP and host communities in each province.



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Partnering to Support Criminal Justice Reform in Mexico

projust forumThe Seventh National Forum on the New Criminal Justice System (NCJS) supported by USAID as part of the USAID/Mexico Promoting Justice project (PROJUST) and organized in collaboration with civil society organizations and the Technical Secretariat of the Criminal Justice Implementation Commission (SETEC) took place on May 20-21, 2015, in Mexico City.  PROJUST is the third project in Mexico that Management Systems International has implemented for USAID.

The Forum brought together more than 1,700 participants from across the country, including key public sector actors involved in the roll-out of the new system. Over the course of this two-day event, Forum participants discussed best practices learned so far and debated on what remains to be done to fully bring the new system into force.

Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, launched the Forum, stressing that, “in synthesis, we have made the operation of the reform a reality. It depends on the efforts of each state and institutions to take full responsibility to implement it.”  He also commended civil society organizations for being the engine of this change.

As in previous years, the Seventh Forum proved to be an important platform for the exchange of ideas on the process of implementing the NCJS. The Forum this year was particularly significant given that 2016 is the deadline for the adoption of the reform nationwide. Topics were discussed through three conferences, nine round tables and two simulations. One simulation featured a crime scene investigation and restorative processes under the accusatory system.

“Through PROJUST, MSI played a pivotal role in the successful implementation of this national Forum in Mexico,” said Leonardo Escobar, Director General Adjunto for PROJUST. “A key outcome of the Forum is the building of consensus around the next steps in the implementation of the criminal justice reform one year to the deadline of nationwide rollout.”

Roundtable topics included:

– A Police Force up to the Standards of the Accusatory System

– Investigation, Intelligence and Expert Equipment as a Fundamental Base of the New System

– Victim Protection in the Criminal Justice Process and Access to Justice by Citizens

– How much will it cost and who will pay for the Reform?

– Professional Defense – Lawyers and Universities in the Accusatory System

– Alternatives Solutions to Oral Trials

– Oral Trials

– The Judiciary and the Criminal Reform

– Which laws are missing to complete the criminal justice reform?

The Forum was made possible by USAID assistance through MSI’s PROJUST project. More than 50 print, online and broadcast media outlets covered the event.

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