As part of the international efforts to stabilise and rehabilitate the Iraqi areas liberated from the Islamic State (IS), the government of the UK has contributed an additional $5.2 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilisation (FFS), said UNDP in a Monday press release.
“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 the local government, promotes civil engagement and community reconciliation, and provides short-term employment through public work schemes,” reads the press release.
Commenting on the war-affected areas in Iraq, UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq, Lise Grande, said “The level of destruction in western Mosul is the worst in Iraq. Thirty-eight neighbourhoods have been impacted—15 are nearly destroyed. More than 300 stabilisation projects are already underway in Mosul, including close to 70 in western Mosul, but this is only a start. There’s a huge amount of work to do and it needs to be done quickly.”
Highlighting the victory over IS especially in Mosul, a spokesperson for the British Embassy in Iraq said, “Now we must turn to the urgent political, economic and humanitarian challenges that lie ahead. This further contribution to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilisation demonstrates that the UK will continue to support Iraq on the path to recovery.”
Established in June 2015, FFS is working in newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salahaddin, Nineveh, Diyala and Kirkuk provinces. More than 1,100 projects are completed or being implemented across 23 locations. Since the start of the crisis, over 2 million people have returned to their homes.