Japan contributes additional funding to stabilization efforts in IraqSep 6, 2016
New York – The Government of Japan has contributed an additional US$2 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). With this contribution, Japan has channeled US$18 million to UNDP's FFIS during 2016.
Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local authorities, FFIS helps to quickly repair public infrastructure, provides grants to small businesses, boosts the capacity of local government, promotes civil engagement and community reconciliation, and provides short-term employment through public works schemes.
UNDP Officer-in-Charge of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, Ms. Sophie de Caen, said “As more and more areas are liberated from ISIL, it is increasingly vital to help stabilize these districts so that families can return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives and communities. With generous funding from Japan, UNDP will undertake livelihood activities in Fallujah, aimed at jump-starting the local economy and getting young people back to work.”
Japan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Koro Bessho, stressed that the increased contribution to the FFIS is a reflection of Japan’s firm commitment to the Iraqi population in its time of need. “The rapid restoration of essential services and rebuilding of basic infrastructure in liberated areas is essential to pave the way for a safe return of internally displaced Iraqis to their homes and communities. Japan is committed to supporting these vital stabilization efforts so that affected communities can start to rebuild their lives without delay.”
Established in June 2015, FFIS is currently working in newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. In total, FFIS has been authorized to work in seventeen areas. Most recently, the Facility has started work in Ramadi, where widespread destruction and contamination by booby-traps have slowed stabilization efforts.
For additional information, please contact:
Ms. Nidaa Hilal, Communications Specialist
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Mr. Karim Elkorany, Communications Specialist for FFIS
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