The Kingdom of Norway has contributed an additional US$2.8 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). This is the second contribution from the Kingdom of Norway in recent months, and will be dedicated to restoring livelihoods for people returning home.
UNDP’s stabilization facility channels fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation.
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande thanked Norway for its generosity. “Helping stabilize newly liberated areas is one of the most important ways the international community can support Iraq. The funding Norway has provided will help local businesses to reopen their doors and put youth to work in hard-hit areas,” said Ms. Grande. “The timing is perfect. Ramadi has been declared liberated and it will soon be green-lighted for work to begin.”
Norway’s Ambassador to Iraq, Ms. Sissel Breie, stressed that the increased contribution to the FFIS is part of Norway’s broad 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 in order to allow civilians to return in safe conditions and to promote local reconciliation. Stabilization efforts need to be prioritized so that affected civilians can start rebuilding their lives, and contribute to a longer term solution to the conflict in Iraq.”
Stabilization support has already been provided in Tikrit, where 90 percent of families have returned to their homes and are rebuilding their lives. New initiatives in liberated areas of Salah al-Din, Diyala and Ninewah are underway and preparations are advancing quickly to support Ramadi.