UNDP and Japan Join Hands to Boost Stabilization and Recovery in Iraq

Aug 3, 2015

Rebuilding is urgent to allow the voluntary and safe return of displaced people in newly liberated areas such as Zumar. Photo: UN Habitat/Mathew Flynn

Baghdad – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan yesterday signed a USD 1 million emergency grant agreement to stimulate stabilization and recovery initiatives in newly liberated areas in Iraq. The grant will be channeled through the “Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS),” managed by UNDP as the lead agency for stabilization within the UN system.

“This grant will allow us to expand our cash-for-work emergency employment schemes for people who have managed to return home,” said Ms. Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. “They not only provide affected households with vital resources, but also empower individuals to restore economic self-reliance and preserve their dignity.”

The FFIS provides immediate support to newly liberated areas in Iraq to create conditions for the sustainable return of internally displaced populations. According to the latest humanitarian estimates, approximately 900,000 returnees and people living in newly liberated areas are in need of urgent support.

“The current security and humanitarian situation in Iraq is of great concern to the Japanese Government. We felt compelled to contribute to the efforts of the international community to reduce the suffering of displaced communities,” said H.E. Mr. Kazuya Nashida, Ambassador of Japan to Iraq.

The Government of Iraq and UNDP have conducted joint assessments to determine stabilization priorities in four sub districts in Ninewa and in Amerli in Salahaddin. Another assessment is currently underway in Tikrit. The cost of stabilization priorities has been estimated at USD 60 million, of which one third (USD 20 million) has been pledged so far.

By ensuring safety, light infrastructure rehabilitation, access to basic services, livelihoods, strengthened response capacity, and community reconciliation, the FFIS fosters an enabling environment that is essential for full post-conflict recovery, preventing further deterioration and helping people affected by the conflict to build their lives back better.

Contact information

Ms. Nidaa Hilal, Communications Specialist, UNDP Iraq Mob: +964 780 447 3336

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