Social care in focus for learning visit from Iraq

During 12 days in June 2013 a learning visit to Sweden was organised for 16 representatives from the social care sector in Al-Qaddissiyah and Duhok, Iraq. They met their Swedish counterparts to exchange experiences and identify areas of interest for further development.

The visit was organised within the Governance in Social Care project, which is financed by Sida and implemented by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions together with SKL International and its local partner IRFAD.

The purpose of organising the learning visit to Sweden was to offer an opportunity for persons in leading positions in the social care sector to gain knowledge and strengthened understanding about:

  • How social care is organised and managed in Sweden, the role of local governments
  • Examples of types of support / services offered to disabled, socially vulnerable groups,
  • Examples of preventive social work
  • How social care in Sweden is collaborating and communicating with other authorities and organisations when planning and implementing work.

The purpose was also to establish relations with Swedish counterparts in the social care sector and identify concrete possibilities for further cooperation, and for the governorates, SKL International, and IRFAD to come together and plan activities for the next-coming period.

A summary of the program and some illustrative photos can be found here: GOVSOC_Iraq_Sweden_Visit_130710