Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:25

With hundreds of thousands of Iraqis returning to newly liberated areas, UNDP is accelerating its resilience and stabilization work thanks to a $33 million contribution from Germany

Baghdad, 22 December 2015– The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Development Bank (KfW) signed financing agreements for contributions totaling US$33 million from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas and resilience programmes across Iraq.

$22 million is being channeled into UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP), which helps families and communities cope with and recover from the crisis. $11 million is being provided to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which finances fast-track initiatives in areas retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said: “The generous contribution from Germany couldn’t be timelier. Millions of Iraqis are doing everything they can to become resilient so that they can cope with and recover from the crisis. Helping them do this is one of UNDP’s top priorities. UNDP is also committed to helping displaced families who want to voluntarily return to areas liberated from ISIL. Stabilizing liberated areas paves the way for people to go home, if they choose to.”

German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Gerd Müller, stressed: “The Federal Government of Iraq is putting tremendous efforts in coping with the current refugee crisis. With this commitment to UNDP we aim to support these efforts by strengthening the resilience of Syrian refugees, Iraqi internally displaced people and the local population in the host communities. But moreover, through UNDP’s stabilization facility we are paving the way for a safe return of refugees to their home communities that have recently been liberated from the terror organization ISIL.”

Through the ICRRP, UNDP is focusing on improving the delivery of public services and providing direct support to Government crisis and coordination mechanisms and institutions. Special components of the programme focus on providing livelihoods opportunities and promoting dialogue among displaced and host families as well as refugees. Special programmes including legal support services, are being provided to female Syrian refugees and IDPs, including victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

Through FFIS, UNDP is supporting Government’s efforts to stabilize areas in the first critical months after liberation. Ground-breaking work has already been done in Tikrit, where FFIS helped to jump-start the local economy, open neighbourhoods for returning families and rebuild civil and public assets. FFIS will be shortly engaging in liberated areas in Diyala, Ninewah and Salah al-Din Governorates and is starting to procure and pre-position equipment in anticipation of Ramadi’s liberation.

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