Germany has contributed an additional US$3.9 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, ISIS, Daesh, IS). This contribution brings Germany’s total financing of the Facility to $16 million.
Based on priorities identified by local authorities, UNDP helps to quickly repair public infrastructure, provides grants to small businesses, boosts capacities of local government, promotes civil engagement and community reconciliation, and provides short-term employment through public works schemes.
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande (pictured) thanked Germany for its continuing generosity:
“We are extremely grateful to the Government of Germany for the leading role it is playing to support stabilization. FFIS is currently working in nine liberated areas. This generous contribution will allow UNDP to rapidly expand activities in cities and districts as soon as ISIL is expelled. Quick action after liberation sends a powerful signal that things are returning to normal and that displaced families can come home to start rebuilding their lives.”
Established in June 2015, FFIS is currently working in nine newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. FFIS has most recently started work in Ramadi, where widespread destruction and contamination by booby-traps have slowed stabilization efforts.