Baghdad – The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has contributed an additional USD 94 million (EUR 80 million) to two major UNDP programmes that are helping to stabilize newly liberated areas – the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP), which promotes recovery and resilience-building. This latest instalment brings Germany’s total contribution to both programmes to USD 263.2 million, making it the top supporter of UNDP’s work in this area.
“Nothing is more important right now in Iraq than stabilizing the areas which have been liberated from ISIL,” said Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq. “The task is huge. Electricity grids need to be rehabilitated, water systems repaired, rubble removed and schools and hospitals opened. Germany’s support comes at just the right time. Three million Iraqis are still displaced. Helping to improve conditions in their home towns is the first step in giving people confidence in their future.”
H.E. Dr. Cyrill Nunn, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Iraq lauded UNDP’s stabilization programmes in Iraq as one of the most effective and efficient mechanisms in Iraq to lay the ground for the safe return of internally displaced persons, giving hope to those who strive for a normal life again.
“I am happy to see Iraqi youth today taking the lead in shaping the future of their country. Germany is committed to support recovery in Iraq, but we firmly believe that it is the people of Iraq who will ultimately determine how successful and sustainable that recovery will be,” stressed Ambassador Nunn on his first visit to Mosul, on 12 December 2017, to review progress of stabilization work in Mosul, especially focusing on health and education projects.
He toured the Old City and visited Mosul University, Nineveh University, West-Mosul Hospital Complex and West-Mosul General Hospital. “The destruction that we saw today is of staggering scale. Mosul had suffered enormously under ISIL, and it is time now to help this ancient city restore its strength and diversity,” remarked Ambassador Nunn. “I was very happy to meet with the students of Mosul University as they resume their studies in newly rehabilitated facilities. A university represents a city’s future.” The German Ambassador encouraged the President of Mosul University to pursue possible academic partnerships with German universities and other higher education vocational training colleges.
Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local authorities, the FFS helps quickly repair public infrastructure, provides grants to small businesses, boosts the capacity of local government, promotes civil engagement, and provides short-term employment through public works schemes. Established in June 2015, the FFS is working in newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Nineveh, Diyala and Kirkuk Governorates. Close to 1,500 projects are underway across 23 locations. ICRRP, which was established in 2014, focuses on restoring livelihoods and promoting social cohesion in areas impacted by the crisis.
Sam Kimball, Communication Specialist, Funding Facility for Stabilization in Iraq - United Nations Development Programme.
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