UNDP and Kuwait Partner for Stabilisation and Resilience in Iraq

Nov 21, 2016

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Mansour Al-Otaibi. Photo: UNDP

New York – The Government of Kuwait contributed US$2 million today to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS). The objective of the FFIS is to support the Government of Iraq's ability to respond to the needs of people in areas that have been liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 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 Administrator Helen Clark thanked the Ambassador of Kuwait for his country’s contribution, not least given the “heartbreaking” situation in Mosul which will require a strong effort by the international community in the coming months.

Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Mansour Al-Otaibi, stressed that as “a close neighbor, Kuwait wants to be supportive and to contribute towards alleviating the suffering of the Iraqi people”. The Ambassador further noted that the contribution is also a recognition of “the role that UNDP is playing” in addressing the needs of affected populations in crisis such as that of Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

Established in June 2015, FFIS is currently working in sixteen locations in the newly liberated areas of Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. With many cities remaining to be liberated, including Mosul, additional resources are required. The FFIS has also already started preparing for the liberation of Mosul by pre-positioning over US$40 million worth of basic items.

Contact information

Theodore Murphy +1 212 906 5890, theodore.murphy@undp.org

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