What We Do

Situation of the Children: Over three million children do not have access to regular education. Half of all schools require rehabilitation and more than 7,000 new school buildings are needed to ensure that the all children are able to go to school. Currently, 29% percent of formal schools run double shifts and 4% of formal schools run triple shifts to accommodate large number of children. 

The highest reported risks are: a. child labor (60%), violence in the home (36%) and child marriage (27%). 

From the remaining families still in displacement, children and families have no place to go back to, in Mosul.  There are approximately 8,500 damaged houses, affecting up to 25,000 children and adolescents.

Presence and Influence: Save the Children’s current programming in Iraq consists largely of emergency response to violence and displacement in five governorates across central and northern Iraq: Diyala, Dohuk, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din. Save the Children works through direct implementation and in partnership with local NGOs in order to meet the needs of children and their families. 

Save the Children plays a strong leadership role in coordinating and influencing key coordination mechanisms, and co-leadership of both Education Cluster and Child Protection sub-cluster at local and national levels.  Through this role, we are able to ensure an appropriate and coordinated programmatic response complemented by advocacy for the rights and needs of children to survive, learn and being protected. Increasingly, programs are designed through gender and inclusion lens.

Partners: Save the Childrenhas multiple partnershipsthroughout Iraq to work effectively within communities and administrative structures.  A Consortium has also been formed to implement a multi-year program on rebuilding resilience and social cohesion in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and politically disputed locations in Ninewa and Kirkuk.   A key focus will be working to improve systems on child protection and education through the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Social and Labor Affairs (MoLSA). 

Strategic Direction

Emergency Response:

Emergency interventions will continue in Ninewa, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk and areas of return focusing on Child Protection, WASH, Education, small-scale Cash Transfers and Nutrition.  

Recovery and Development:

There will be shift in focus towards early recovery and development strengthening multi-sector programming, advocacy, systems and investments in communities to rebuild social cohesion. Partnerships will be given more emphasis taking the experience and lessons learned from the current consortium modality. Active re-engagement with the Federal Ministries, civil society, UN and the private sector will be undertaken to improve sustainability.  We will invest in generating evidence and setting up learning and quality culture, diversified funding and strengthen donor engagement to scale up programs, reach and impact the most deprived and marginalized children and their families in conflict affected areas and areas of return. 

We will be a stronger voice for children focusing on the  most vulnerable in the current context. These will include those affected by conflict and its impact, excluded and discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived links to armed groups, children associated with armed conflict, child survivors of physical, emotional and sexual abuse/violence, child-headed households and unaccompanied and separated children, those lacking proper PSS support, children of very poor households, adolescent girls and boys and children with disabilities, out of school children, and those requiring critical literacy and numeracy skills who are at risk of dropping out or who are entering schools lacking critical skills.

Evidence-based pieces of research shall continue to be produced bringing into focus the plight and needs of the most deprived and marginalized children. 

Key Program Highlights

  • Building resilience and social cohesion through Building Peaceful Futures 
  • Child Protection and Psychosocial Support 
  • Child Protection Case Management and Systems Strengthening
  • Appropriate Alternative Care
  • Education in Emergencies 
  • Temporary Learning Spaces
  • Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)
  • Quality Basic Education
  • Remedial Education and Early Learning During Recovery
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)