The Federal Government of Iraq’s Joint Coordination and Monitoring Centre (JCMC) and Kurdistan Regional Government’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) today met in Erbil to discuss how to effectively reach to more than 3 million displaced Iraqis in the country, as funding is drying up.
The United Kingdom and UN Development Programme (UNDP) also signed a new partnership of £1 million (US$ 1.5 million) to build the capacity of these two key institutions.
Responsible for coordinating one of the region’s largest and most complex humanitarian operations, the two crises centres will cooperate to reach to millions of displaced people through prioritization, planning and targeting, as well as resource mobilization.
In his welcoming remarks, H.E. Karim Sinjari, Minister of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government, stressed the importance of stronger coordination. “Today we are facing the worst humanitarian crisis ever. Cooperation between the JCC and JCMC is crucial as it is important to overcome coordination barriers across the country to jointly confront the current crisis,” he said.
Dr. Hussein Ali Dawood, the JCMC Deputy Chair, reaffirmed that “coordination and collaboration are essential for effective successful crisis management, ensuring information exchanges, joint analyses, humanitarian response planning as well.”
Estimating that eight million Iraqis currently are in need of assistance, the United Nations and its non-governmental partners launched In Brussels a humanitarian appeal amounting to US$ 497 million on 4 June.
Ever since, humanitarian operations remain grossly under-funded. Front line programmes throughout the country—including health services and specialized support for children and the victims of sexual and gender-based violence—are closing. Unless funding is received urgently, many more assistance projects are scheduled to shut down in the weeks ahead.
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Lise Grande recalled:
“When resources are so scarce and when so much is at stake, coordination has to be stronger and targeting more effective.
“We are faced with terrible choices where we have to decide which life-saving programmes to cut. We are trying to do more with less and still save lives.”
In order to support a stronger coordination by Iraqi and KRG authorities, UNDP will help build the capacity of the JCMC and JCC thanks to a support of £1 million British Pounds (about US$ 1.5 million) provided by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Senior DFID Representative in Iraq, Ms. Sarah Montgomery, explained:
“ISIL’s indiscriminate persecution has left millions of Iraqis in desperate need of help. The UK is supporting the efforts of the Government of Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Government and UNDP to coordinate the provision of life-saving humanitarian assistance to help those most in need.
“This is part of the US$ 92 million the UK has already committed to the humanitarian response in Iraq.”
(Source: UNDP in Iraq)