The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan have signed a US$ 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) which is managed by UNDP under the leadership of the government.
“This grant will allow us to expand our cash-for-work emergency employment schemes for people who are returning to their homes. These kinds of programmes have very high impact. Families are able to re-establish themselves quickly and conditions in communities start to improve, often within just a few weeks,” said Ms. Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.
The FFIS provides immediate support in newly liberated areas in Iraq, helping to create conditions for the sustainable return of internally displaced people. 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 Government of Iraq and the international community to reduce the suffering of displaced communities,” said H.E. Kazuya Nashida, Ambassador of Japan to Iraq.
The funding facility has been established to support government efforts to stabilize newly liberated areas and accelerate the voluntary and safe return of displaced people to their homes.
It provides fast tracked immediate support for light infrastructure repairs, public works and employment and community reconciliation on the basis of priorities identified by the government.
It is already operational in Tikrit and is expanding into other liberated areas in Ninewah, Salah Al-Din and Anbar governorates.
(Source: UNDP in Iraq)