Third contribution from the Republic of Korea for stabilization in IraqSep 27, 2016
Baghdad – The Government of the Republic of Korea has contributed US$3 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).
Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local authorities,FFIS helps to quickly repair public infrastructure, provides grants to small businesses, boosts the capacity of local government, promotes civil engagement and community reconciliation, and provides short-term employment through public works schemes.
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said: “The pace of stabilization is accelerating very quickly. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis are ready to return to their homes to start rebuilding their lives. This very timely and generous contribution from the Republic of Korea, the third it has given to UNDP’s Stabilization Facility, will help us to stabilize the areas that have been liberated in Anbar and Ninewah.”
The Korean Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Song Woong-Yeob, said: “The Republic of Korea is deeply committed to supporting efforts of the Iraqi Government and the international community to stabilize areas affected by the violence of ISIL. I firmly believe that our third contribution with some elements of a gender-based approach will further help the efforts by imbuing affected Iraqis with hope and empowering those, including girls and women, to recover and start the process of rebuilding their communities.”
Established in June 2015, FFIS is working in newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. In Fallujah, the Facility is providing short-term employment opportunities for hundreds of people to clean and upgrade the city, and is funding more than 25 high-priority projects.
Karim Elkorany, Communications Specialist for FFIS (m) +964 790 193 1292