UNDP and Japan partner to support stabilization and resilience in Iraq
The Government of Japan is providing US$23.5 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its work to help stabilize and build resilience in Iraq. Japan’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) and through UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP).
UNDP’s stabilization facility channels fast-track support to liberated areas to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation. UNDP’s resilience programme channels support to areas where social tensions are high and where communities are struggling to deal with the impact of the crisis.
The focus of both programmes is on helping families to rebuild their lives after the devastation caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
During a signing ceremony held today in Baghdad, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said:
“People have suffered so much. One of the most important things the international community can do in Iraq is to help families return safely and in dignity to newly liberated areas. Japan is a leading, and very generous donor and its contribution will give hundreds of thousands of Iraqis hope for their future.”
“It is my great pleasure to announce Japan’s contribution of $23.5 million to UNDP,” H.E. Mr. Fumio Iwai, Ambassador of Japan to Iraq said. “This includes $16 million to FFIS,” he continued.
“With this contribution, Japan is privileged to become one of the top donors to FFIS, and I sincerely hope that our contribution will advance stabilization in the liberated areas and promote returns. In January this year, Japan decided to contribute a sum of $105 million to UN agencies, IFRC,ICRC, Japanese NGOs and so on, to support IDPs and Syrian Refugees in Iraq. Japan has provided over $256 million in total for assistance to Syrian Refugees and IDPs in Iraq since 2014. We would like to call on other donors to continue their support to Iraq."
(Source: UNDP in Iraq)