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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org