In mid-2015, at the request of the Government of Iraq and with the support of the Global Coalition Against Daesh, UNDP Iraq established the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) to carry out stabilization activities in areas affected by the ISIL conflict.
Working in 31 locations across the five liberated governorates – Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah Al-Din, and in nine major sectors – electricity, health, water, education, sewerage, livelihoods, municipalities, roads and bridges, and social cohesion, FFS focuses on rehabilitating public infrastructure and providing essential services to communities living in areas affected by the conflict. This includes the rehabilitation of schools and hospitals, water systems and electricity networks, providing short-term employment through public works schemes and rehabilitating damaged houses. It also includes activities to support governments build peaceful and cohesive communities, and building their capacity to deliver essential services to Iraqi communities.
FFS operates under the direction of the Government of Iraq, which prioritizes stabilization initiatives based on the needs of a particular location. Following this prioritization process, UNDP Iraq implements rehabilitation work. More than 95% of this work is contracted through the local private sector which not only reduces costs but ensures local companies rebuild their own cities with local labor. Contractors are selected through a competitive and transparent bidding process, and stringent project monitoring measures are applied to each project to ensure they meet specifications.
Through FFS, UNDP Iraq has mobilized US$1.48 billion from 30 international partners, including the Government of Iraq.
What have we achieved so far
UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization has three main objectives – to facilitate the return of displaced Iraqis, to lay the groundwork for reconstruction and recovery and to safeguard communities against the resurgence of violence and extremism.
To date, the programme has:
- Supported the return of 4.93 million Iraqis displaced by the ISIL conflict.
- Completed over 3,060 projects in five governorates liberated from ISIL, improving the lives of more than 8 million Iraqis.
- 44,634 cash-for-work opportunities created, 3,481 small business grants distributed and provided cash grants to 6,218 women-headed households, boosting immediate household income.
- Rehabilitated 568 schools, 6 major universities, 139 healthcare facilities, 34 police stations and courts, 126 electricity substations and networks and 165 water treatment plants.
- 30,538 houses rehabilitated in Ninewa, Salah al-Din and Anbar.
- Mobilized US$1.48 billion, from 30 countries including the Government of Iraq.
Today, UNDP Iraq remains the Government of Iraq’s partner of choice to continue its stabilization work, bringing peace and stability to a country that suffered immensely under ISIL.
*as of January 2022