UNDP Provides Water, Electricity for over 100,000 Refugees

UNDP helps to ensure access to safe water and reliable electricity for over 100,000 people in the Governorate of Erbil

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Erbil have signed two agreements to rehabilitate key infrastructure in areas hosting thousands of displaced people, including large numbers who have fled from Mosul.

With generous funding from the German Development Bank (KfW), UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and the Governorate of Erbil will rehabilitate and upgrade the main water treatment plant in Rawanduz, where the local population has more than doubled in size with an influx of displaced people, in order to alleviate chronic water shortages and improve health conditions for the local population.

In Debaga sub-district, UNDP and local authorities will rehabilitate the electrical network, improving the supply of electricity to the local population and thousands of displaced people, many of whom are from Mosul. In total, more than 100,000 people will benefit from these two projects.

Governor of Erbil, H.E. Mr. Nawzad Hadi, said:

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with UNDP to strengthen basic service delivery in the Erbil Governorate and address the increasing needs of residents and displaced people, including hundreds of people who fled from Mosul.”

UNDP’s Head of Stabilization and Resilience, Mr. Joe Feeney, said:

“UNDP is pleased to support the Governorate of Erbil as it continues to provide basic services to its community and an ever-growing population of displaced people. At a time when so many families are in acute need and local governments continue to strain already over-burdened resources, we are confident that these projects will help to alleviate some of this demand.”

Consul for Political and Humanitarian Affairs at the German Consulate in Erbil, Dr. Lars-Uwe Kettner, said:

“This integrated approach is a big step forward in order to improve the lives of displaced people and host communities. Water is the basis of our existence and of foremost importance. Without electricity we cannot imagine our lives any more. We are happy to work with such committed and very strong partners who make sure that the support reaches the people in need.”

UNDP’s ICRRP provides fast-track support to vulnerable families in newly liberated cities and villages where social tensions threaten community cohesion. ICRRP is currently active in eleven newly liberated communities in Diyala, Salah al Din and Ninewah Governorates and is expected to expand to nearly 30 locations in the months ahead.

ICRRP is designed as a resilience and recovery programme to help families withstand the multi-dimensional shocks associated with post-liberation and large-scale returns.

(Source: ReliefWeb)

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