In the presence of the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Dr Mohammad Qadir, the partners in the Governance in Social Care cooperation gathered for learning and sharing sessions in Erbil and Duhok on March 13-14.

The partnership has been focusing on governance and management in the social care sector – at all levels – by addressing issues of service provision and service quality, accessibility, accountability, responsiveness, effectiveness, and coordination-cooperation between legislative and executive powers at sub-national level.

 

Left to right; Mr Said Kader (interpreter), Ms Lena Säljö (Director Social Services Västra Hisingen), Ms Nora Fraidoon (IRFAD Coordinator KRG), Mr Hussein Ali Assad (General Director DOLSA Duhok), Ms Jiyana Taha (Deputy Director DOLSA Duhok), Ms Faiza Ali (Director Child protection Centre), Mr Saad Shareef, General Director of Education (MoE, Duhok), Mr Delkhaz Ali (IRFAD Duhok/DOLSA), Mr Khalid Otman (Director, Department of Disabled Care, DOLSA).

Sharing a good moment in Duhok are (left to right); Mr Said Kader (interpreter), Ms Lena Säljö (Director Social Services Västra Hisingen), Ms Nora Fraidoon (IRFAD KRG), Mr Hussein Ali Assad (General Director DOLSA), Ms Jiyana Taha (Deputy Director DOLSA), Ms Faiza Ali (Director Child protection Centre), Mr Saad Shareef, General Director of Education (MoE), Mr Delkhaz Ali (IRFAD KRG/DOLSA), Mr Khalid Otman (Director, Department of Disabled Care, DOLSA).

2016 was the final year of the project and the focus has therefore been on learning and promoting institutionalisation and ownership of methods, approaches and materials.

Mr Bayar Salih, senior sociologist and journalist working at DOLSA in Zakho has been the driving force behind a series of awareness raising publications and TV programmes.

Mr Bayar Salih, senior sociologist and journalist working at DOLSA in Zakho has been the driving force behind a series of awareness raising publications and TV programmes.

Participants from Diwaniyah, studying materials produced during the programme. Left to right; Ms Aseel Sabti (Director, Orphanage for Boys), Ms Vian Neamah (Director, Home for the Elderly), Ms Zainab Obaid, (Provincial Council member), Mr Hasan Jaber (Provincial Council member), Mr Ayad Hussein (Provincial Council member) and Mr Zeyad Ridha (Planning Director, DOLSA).

Participants from Diwaniyah, studying materials produced during the programme.
Left to right; Ms Aseel Sabti (Director, Orphanage for Boys), Ms Vian Neamah (Director, Home for the Elderly), Ms Zainab Obaid, (Provincial Council member), Mr Hasan Jaber (Provincial Council member), Mr Ayad Hussein (Provincial Council member) and Mr Zeyad Ridha (Planning Director, DOLSA).

What was initially planned as a 2,5 year initiative, as part of an exit strategy for Sweden, has become a 4-year multi stakeholder cooperation involving all actors involved in social care in the two Governorates.

In light of the fact that the Swedish Government is currently developing a new cooperation strategy with Iraq, the project partners took the opportunity to include discussions of potential areas for cooperation also in the future. The partners agreed that the approach so far, with flexibility and dialogue as two important pillars has been very successful, particularly in a context which is changing by the day.

For information on the Governance in Social Care project contact the Project Manager, Lucia Acosta, lucia.acosta@skl.se