Funding Facility for Stabilization Quarter IV Report 2017
The latter months of 2017 saw one of the most momentous occasions in the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): the victory of the Iraqi Security Forces over the last areas of ISIL control. The liberation of western Anbar, Hawija, and parts of Ninewah marked the last steps in the military campaign against this group, and H.E. Prime Minister Al Abadi officially declared victory in December. UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) continued to support the Government of Iraq’s stabilization efforts, and by the end of December 2017 had undertaken 1,544 total projects across five governorates affected by the crisis. This is an expansion by approximately 300 projects since the end of Q3, and is expected to grow further in Q1 of 2018. Critically, 680 of the 1,544 projects were already completed and 297 were being implemented, comprising 60% of all the projects undertaken by FFS across five affected governorates.
Twenty-five donors have contributed USD 703,414,098 as of 31 December 2017, and approximately USD 153 million in hard pledges were to be mobilized in early 2018. This report provides an overview of all FFS activities underway during the fourth quarter, which encompasses 1 October-31 December 2017.
- The number of returnees exceeded those of internally displaced persons (IDPs) for the first time since the beginning of the conflict, with 3,220,362 total returns at the end of December.
- Over 60 percent of the 1,544 total projects were either completed or implemented at the end of the reporting period. The number of projects continued to grow as the last areas were liberated during the quarter, and additional projects are being undertaken to support Mosul, the Ninewah Plains, and five key strategic areas for 2018.
- FFS Teams began implementing the first cash for work projects in West Mosul, including in the devastated Old City. Rubble removal and cash injection for returnees is a crucial need given the devastation.
- Women’s participation in cash for work increased substantially, with 965 women engaged, mainly in Mosul, Fallujah, and Ramadi.
- Following their liberation in November, FFS Teams conducted the first missions to western Anbar to assess the needs in Al Qaim, Rawa, and Ana.