Funding Facility for Stabilization Quarter I Report 2018
Quarter One of 2018 marked a new phase for UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS). For the first time since the inception of the program, all territory had been liberated from the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the activities of the FFS were expanded accordingly. The return of internally displaced people (IDPs) to their homes was accelerated in key areas – by the end of the quarter, a total of just over 3.6 million Iraqis had returned, with some 11.4% of that number having returned during Q1 alone.
By the end of Quarter One, there were a total of 1,960 FFS projects in nine sectors across five governorates affected by the crisis. This is an expansion of 416 additional projects since the end of Q4. The project portfolio is only expected the expand in Q2, with especial focus on the FFS five strategic “red box” areas. FFS continues to put emphasis on rapid intervention and implementation. By the end of the reporting period, 880 of the 1,960 projects were already completed and 410 were being implemented, comprising 66% of all the projects undertaken by FFS across five affected governorates.
Twenty-five donors have contributed USD 787,615,556 as of March 31, 2018. This report provides an overview of all FFS activities underway during the first quarter of 2018, which encompasses 1 January-31 March 2018.
- FFS cash for work projects continue to provide urgently needed opportunities for income generation for Iraqis. The impact of the implementation of the FFS Gender Strategy, first implemented in March 2017, can be keenly felt in the livelihoods sector where more than 12,000 women have benefited from livelihood generation activities.
- FFS continued to grow and expand its communications efforts during the first quarter of 2018 and formed a successful partnership with Anbar TV who produced the first five episodes of a recurring series on stabilization efforts in Anbar Province
- The housing portfolio continued to progress rapidly in the first quarter, with the rehabilitation of 7,900 housing units being completed during the reporting period.
- During Q1, FFS initiated work on West Mosul’s second-largest water treatment plant, al-Ayman al-Jadeda, which provides clean water for almost half a million people.
- In Mosul University, FFS completed the rehabilitation of the Al Hadba Women’s Dormitories, providing accommodation for 1,200 female students. FFS also rehabilitated five academic department buildings on the Girls Education College campus of Anbar University which significantly increases access to multidisciplinary education for women in Anbar and beyond.
- FFS achieved a major milestone with the completion of Saidati Al Jamila Bridge, the first permanent concrete bridge to be restored in Mosul.
- FFS made tremendous gains in Q1 to provide electricity to Iraqis, with the completion of Baweza underground cable. This 8.5 km cable connects Sada/Baweza, Sukar and Hadba in East Mosul ultimately providing electricity to 13,000 households (or 78,000 beneficiaries).
- FFS expanded its work in the Ninewa Plains during the quarter, from 262 projects in December 2017 to 340 in March 2018. These projects were heavily focused on support to schools, housing, electricity networks, and water rehabilitation works.
- During Q1, FFS was undertaking works on several major hospitals including at the Hamdaniya General Hospital which, following the completion of Phase One, can now provide emergency, surgical and maternal health care to more than 350,000 beneficiaries. Additionally, FFS launched work on the largest Funding Facility for Expanding Stabilization (FFES) project during this quarter, the rehabilitation of the Tikrit Teaching Hospital which, when completed, will provide healthcare services for its catchment population of two million. Finally, FFS also initiated rehabilitation works at the Al Qayarah Hospital, which is further expected to benefit upwards of 250,000 people. Another two hospitals in Ramadi and Fallujah were in the final stages of tendering, which are expected to be launched in Q2. Major hospitals in Mosul have been assessed and will soon tender.
- Following their liberation in late 2017, FFS began work on projects in Western Anbar cities of Al Qaim, Al Rawa, and Anah.
- The Steering Committee added three additional cities to FFS area of responsibility: Toz Khormato, Ba’aj, and Suleiman Beg. FFS has already conducted assessments and is ready to work; however, FFS is significantly underfunded.