The Netherlands Government has pledged a contribution of an additional 23.2 million USD towards UNDP's Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which delivers finance to support stabilization within areas liberated by Islamic State in Iraq. The total contribution from the Dutch now stands at 65.4 million USD.
Marta Ruedas, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq commented “the impact of stabilization activities is clearly visible across the country. Schools are reopening, clean water is flowing and bridges are reconnecting communities”. She also added “almost 70 percent of the 5.9 million people who fled during the conflict have returned home. The scale of work still left to do cannot be underestimated, however, which is why this generous contribution from The Netherlands comes at exactly the right time.”
The FFS was established in 2015, following a request from the Iraqi Government. The fund aims to support the return of displaced Iraqi's to their homes, whilst supporting reconstruction efforts and helping safeguard the return of extremism.
The FFS has over 2,400 live projects in Iraq spanning 31 liberated cities and districts, whilst almost 1,200 projects have now been completed. Approximately 95% of the projects have been carried out by the local private sector, employing local Iraqi workers. In Mosul alone, the Facility is implementing more than 750 projects. More than 300 projects have been completed in the City to date providing residents with improved access to healthcare, education, electricity, and clean running water.