Baghdad, 8 March 2016– The Government of Australia has contributed US$1.4 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). The contribution will help thousands of people as they try to restart their lives in Ramadi and Sinjar where the Iraqi Government has recently retaken control.
UNDP’s stabilization facility channels support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation to allow displaced populations to return home.
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande thanked Australia for its generosity. “So much needs to be done in the areas liberated from ISIL. The level of destruction in Ramadi and Sinjar is some of the worst in the entire country; it is truly shocking,” said Ms. Grande. “Australia’s support will help improve conditions for families who are desperate to return to their homes and rebuild their lives.”
Ambassador Mr Christopher Langman said, “Australia is pleased to support stabilization efforts in newly liberated areas through this project. This funding will assist in restoring essential services and stimulating the local economy, helping returning Iraqis to find work opportunities and reestablish themselves. This contribution is part of Australia’s AUD45 million of support since 2014 to populations affected by the conflict in Iraq.”
UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization is working in liberated areas of Salah al-Din, Diyala and Ninewah Governorates. Stabilization efforts in Ramadi in Anbar Governorate will start as soon as the areas is cleared of booby-traps, mines and unexploded ordnance.