Japan contributes additional US$16.7 million to stabilization in Iraq: funds support peace education

(Reposted from: Relief Web.  May 7, 2017)

Baghdad, 07 May 2017 – The Government of Japan has contributed an additional US$16.7 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) and Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) to promote stabilization, recovery, and resilience-building in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and in areas with large displaced populations. This new funding brings Japan’s total contribution to FFS and ICRRP close to US$60 million since 2014.

Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local authorities, FFS helps 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.

Japan’s additional contribution to FFS will support the rapid rehabilitation of key infrastructure and provide livelihood support in newly liberated areas, including in Mosul.

Japan’s contribution to ICRRP will support grants to small businesses, employment activities and the rehabilitation of infrastructure and housing in areas with large populations of displaced people as well as in newly liberated areas. Funding for ICRRP will also be used for community reconciliation and peace education amongst different ethnic and religious groups.

Funding for ICRRP will also be used for community reconciliation and peace education amongst different ethnic and religious groups.

UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said: “Helping to stabilize cities and districts is one of the most important things UNDP is doing in Iraq. Most of Mosul is already liberated, and the rest will be soon. We are moving very quickly to repair public infrastructure but there is a huge amount to do. Japan’s contribution will help us to rapidly expand our work. This is going to make a big difference.”

The Japanese Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Fumio Iwai, said: “Japan has been in close cooperation with UNDP since the earlier stage of liberation process in the areas under ISIL control. The initiatives taken by UNDP for accelerating stabilization and enhancing resilience in newly liberated areas are indispensable for those affected by the on-going crisis in Iraq to recover their original lives. We spare no effort to support Iraqi people for their better future.”

Established in June 2015, FFS is working in newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. More than 700 projects are completed or being implemented across 22 locations. Since the start of the crisis, over 1.6 million people have returned to their homes.

UNDP’s ICRRP provides fast-track support to vulnerable families in newly liberated cities and villages where social tensions threaten community cohesion. 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.

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