The Government of New Zealand has contributed US$1 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).
Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local authorities, FFIS helps to quickly repair public infrastructure, provides grants to small businesses, boosts the capacity 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, said:
“The pace of stabilization is accelerating very quickly. Every day, thousands of people from Anbar are returning to their homes in newly liberated towns and districts. New Zealand’s contribution signals to the Iraqi Government and Iraqi people that the international community is committed to helping stabilize these areas as quickly as possible. The timing, on the eve of the Mosul operation, couldn’t be better.”
The New Zealand Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. James Munro, said:
“The New Zealand government recognizes the vital role of stabilization in assisting Iraqis to return to normal in liberated areas. We commend the work of the Iraqi people and Government working with the UNDP through the FFIS to bring renewed safety, infrastructure and services to newly liberated areas of Iraq. This contribution today underpins New Zealand’s commitment to a stable, peaceful and prosperous Iraq for all its citizens.”
Established in June 2015, FFIS is working in newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. In Fallujah, the Facility is funding more than 25 high priority projects. Hundreds of people are already employed to clean and upgrade the city, and the Facility has begun providing short-term employment opportunities through public works schemes.
(Source: UNDP in Iraq)