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Thursday, 24 December 2015 18:58

Denmark contributes $3.3 million to support participatory and accountable governance, security sector reform and stabilization in Iraq

Baghdad, 24 December 2015– The Kingdom of Denmark has signed a US$3.3 million contribution agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support participatory and accountable governance, security sector reform and stabilization projects in Iraq. Denmark’s generous contribution will be earmarked for three projects: Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance, Support to Security Sector Reform Phase II, and the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization. These three initiatives are part of UNDP’s support for Government efforts to build a more secure, prosperous and democratic Iraq.

Acting Country Director for UNDP Iraq, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, noted: “Generous contributions like this help sustain important activities that assist Iraq in its transition out of crisis to a stable, functioning democratic state. We thank Denmark for its support and partnership in our efforts to promote progress for the Iraqi people.”

The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kristian Jensen, said: “I am very pleased to announce this contribution. Together with UNDP our aim is to support the Government of Iraq in a time where it faces many challenges, including the threat from Da’esh. It is critical to stabilize Iraq in order to enable displaced people to return to their homes. The Danish contribution promotes a coherent effort with focus on stabilizing newly liberated areas and strengthens participation of all ethnic and religious minorities at all levels. Denmark’s contribution to stabilization is an important part of the broader Danish engagement for peace and stability in Iraq and the region.”

UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization supports stabilization priorities as identified by local authorities in areas liberated from control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). FFIS is being used to finance key public infrastructure including clinics, police stations, water facilities, power grids, government buildings and access roads. Short-term employment through public work schemes is being provided to local households and returning families and small grants are being given to businesses to jump-start local economies. A special component of the Facility provides micro-credit grants to community organizations working on reconciliation.

UNDP’s project, Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance, aims to ensure that civil society and religious and ethnic minorities, at the national level and in select governorates, are effectively engaged in legislative and oversight processes. Another goal of the project is to increase the sensitivity and responsiveness of elected officials to the needs and demands of all Iraqi citizens, particularly vulnerable groups of population.

Support to Security Sector Reform Phase II is a joint initiative with the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA). The project seeks to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the Iraqi security sector. Other objectives include: establishing coordination mechanisms, strengthening oversight capacity of the Security and Defense Committees in parliament, increasing engagement with civil society, as well as enhancing civil society capacity in the field of security sector reform.

For additional information, please contact:

UNDP Iraq
Ms. Nidaa Hilal, Communications Specialist
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Mob: +964 780 447 3336
Website www.iq.undp.org


Mr. Andrew Cheatham, Strategic Communications Officer for FFIS
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Mob: +964 790 193 1295

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