Finland contributes funding to accelerate stabilization in newly liberated areas
The Republic of Finland is providing US$1,13 million (€1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in areas newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The Finnish contribution will be allocated to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which channels fast-track support to liberated areas 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, said:
“Helping to stabilize areas newly liberated from ISIL is one of Iraq’s highest priorities. Finland’s generous contribution comes at just the right time. Tens of thousands of displaced people have already returned to Ramadi and tens of thousands more want to come home in safety and dignity so that they can start to rebuild their lives.”
In turn, Finland’s Minister for International Trade and Development, Ms. Lenita Toivakka, said:
”It is not only houses and roads that have been torn apart on the land liberated from ISIL – it is also the social fabric. Finland emphasizes the need to ensure non-discrimination and support the most vulnerable groups, including women, in targeting the interventions of the FFIS.”
Established in June 2015, FFIS is currently working in nine newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. FFIS has started work in Ramadi where widespread destruction and contamination of booby-traps have slowed stabilization and the return of displaced families.
(Source: UNDP in Iraq)