The Sawa Initiative finances development projects that:
- Improve living conditions and access to essential services (water, healthcare...)
- Ensure economic, social and political integration via education, vocational training and employment
- Support the recovery of territories liberated from the Islamic State Group in Iraq (infrastructure, economic sectors, social ties).
The Sawa Initiative has been designed for five years (2017-2021) and aims in a crosscutting manner to:
- Provide a medium and long-term response to the essential needs of populations
- Safeguard social cohesion between refugees and host populations
- Strengthen civil society actors and public hosting policies
- Increase partnerships between local, French, European and international actors.
In line with the commitments made by France at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in 2016, Sawa supports projects that are coordinated with the humanitarian diplomatic and defence actions, to support France’s political vision for the crisis recovery. It promotes projects inspired by the research community, which can be adjusted during implementation and have strong monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.