Safe Returns Project – Ninewa
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.
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.
- 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.