The Italian Republic has contributed US$2.72 million (2.5 million euros) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which channels fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation in Iraq. This agreement formalizes part of a larger $7.63 million (7 million euros) pledge that Italy has made in support of stabilization activities, which have recently been expanded in the Governorates of Salah al-Din, Diyala, Ninewah and Anbar.
Deputy Country Director of UNDP Iraq, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, thanked Italy for the generous contribution. “Italy’s contribution will help tremendously as UNDP increases its work in the new year. Ramadi and other important areas will be liberated soon. In 2016 we will need to do a lot of work to help put youth to work in hard-hit areas, promote community reconciliation and rebuild civic infrastructure, including electricity grids, water plants and public buildings,” said Mr. Hajiyev.
“The Government of Iraq is putting a serious effort in coping with the current refugee crisis,” said the Italian Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Marco Carnelos. “Italy’s commitment towards Iraq in the stabilization framework, which comprises also the much-needed training programme of Iraqi policemen who will be in charge of ensuring the safety of host communities and liberated areas, paves the way for a safe return of internally displaced Iraqis to their homes and prevents Iraqi people from becoming potential refugees. FFIS’ role in order to achieve this aim is crucial.”
Stabilization support has already been provided in Tikrit, where 90 percent of families have returned to their homes and are rebuilding their lives. New initiatives are underway in liberated areas of Salah al-Din, Diyala, Ninewah and Anbar. All activities are implemented based on the Government’s assessed priorities.