Safe Returns Project – Ninewa
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
- 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
Profiles of Safe Returns Project Peacebuilders
Noor, 32, from Bashiqa is a community activist. Through the Safe Returns project, she learned how to build social cohesion in Bartella and Mosul.
Dr. Mohammed, 35, is a member of the Shabak minority of Bartella. Dr. Mohammed is the Head of Peace Work Ambassadors and is a peace activist.
Liza, 32, is a civil activist from Bashiqa. Liza was a participant of a social cohesion training in Bartella.
Pubications and Stories
Value Chain and Market Assessments for West Mosul, East Mosul and Hamdaniya
Regional instabilities and widespread displacement have impacted employment and livelihoods in Iraq generally and in Ninewa specifically. Women in particular face significant challenges in accessing employment because of a combination of limited economic opportunities and individual and community-level factors. The overall objective of the Safe Returns project is to build integrated, inclusive and resilient market systems by empowering women, people living with disabilities, the poor and other marginalized groups to participate and interact with markets and rebuild their resilience.