Safe Returns Project – Ninewa

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Project Snapshot


Project Start Date: October 2020

Duration: 5 Years

Direct Beneficiaries for Year 2 of the project: 9,085 

Direct Beneficiaries all Years: 18,400

Location: Mosul city and Hamdaniya district in Ninewa Governorate, Iraq

Funded by: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

World Vision Iraq, with funding from DFAT’s ANCP (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia - Australian NGO Cooperation Programme) and with the support of World Vision Australia, will implement the Safe Returns Project in Mosul city and Hamdnaniya District in Ninewa governorate to assist returnees to access livelihoods and psycho-social support.

To this end, the Safe Returns Project – Ninewa aims to foster inclusive economic development, improve climate change resilience and social cohesion for sustainable livelihoods, and promote decision-making and advocacy for returnees, internally-displaced people 
and host communities. 

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Key Actions

The project will provide the following interventions in the second year of implementation:

  • Facilitate establishment and empowerment of 40 micro-small-medium enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Enhance market linkages for farmers, improve access to financial and non-financial services and institutions for MSMEs, and facilitate the formation of 50 Saving Groups (500 beneficiaries).
  • Provide psycho-social support and gender-transformative sessions to 720 targeted households and decision-makers to create an enabling environment for sustainable livelihoods and diversify incomes for the poor, marginalised people, women, and people with disabilities.
  • Utilise peacebuilding approaches to target 100 faith and community leaders and 50 teachers with capacity building on conflict prevention and peacebuilding (portrait of a peacebuilder to the left).
  • Establish Peacebuilding Clubs in three schools for the empowerment of 625 children as peacebuilders.
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Expected Outcomes


  • Strengthened household institutions for enhanced economic participation in market systems.
  • Strengthened market systems for inclusive economic development.
  • Improved natural resource management, resilience to climate change, and social cohesion for sustainable livelihoods.
  • Strengthen evidence-based decision making to enhance economic participation of vulnerable groups.

Safe Returns Project peacebuilders reflect on human fraternity