Sweden’s strategy for development cooperation with Iraq in 2017-2021 Reference No.: UD2017/12565/MENA

Strategy Iraq

Within the framework of this strategy, Sweden’s development cooperation with Iraq will contribute to peacebuilding and statebuilding in the country. The aim is to contribute to a peaceful society, respect for human rights and gender equality. The strategy will apply for the period 2017–2021 and comprise SEK 1 billion for activities implemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and SEK 30 million for activities implemented by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) for the entire period.

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Sida's activities are to contribute to the following objectives:

Peaceful and inclusive societies

  • Improved resilience in particularly vulnerable areas, focusing on better, gender-equal and equitable access to basic social services.

  • Enhanced capacity in public institutions at different levels and improved opportunities for participation in democratic and peacebuilding processes, not least for women.

  • Better conditions for civil society to organise, focusing particularly on peacebuilding and human rights work, including for boys and girls.

Gender equality

  • Increased gender equality and greater respect for women's and girls' enjoyment of their human rights.

  • Increased participation by women in democratic and peacebuilding processes.

  • Enhanced capacity to prevent and combat sexual and gender-based violence.

The FBA's activities are to contribute to the following objectives:

  • Better conditions for reconciliation and inclusive peacebuilding and statebuilding.