Safe Returns Project – Ninewa

A beneficiary with her son

Project Snapshot


Project Start Date: October 2020

Duration: Five years

Direct Beneficiaries for Year 3 of the project: 3,865

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, is is implementing 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.


Key Actions in year three

In Y3 the project is working on following interventions:


  • Facilitating GPM+ Sessions (Psychosocial Support Interventions for 360 men and women)
  • Facilitating Gender Transformative Dialogue sessions to 540 participants
  • Providing business mentorship and coaching for 40 MSMEs
  • Training 720 farmers on Farmer Field Schools approach
  • Facilitating expansion or restoration of agro-processing micro-enterprises
  • Facilitating the formation and organization of farmers’ cooperatives and/or other associations
  • Establishing 50 Saving Groups and facilitate access to credit
  • Establishing Business Council within the prioritized districts and undertake capacity building based on identified gaps
  • Promoting use of efficient irrigation and CSA techniques
  • Providing refresher training on social cohesion and peace building to faith and community leaders.
  • Conducting research and use results to develop an advocacy plan

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