US $ 16.7 million Japanese grant to Iraq


US $ 16.7 million Japanese grant to Iraq
Last updated: 8 May 2017 – 10:24 p

BAGHDAD / The United Nations announced on Monday that the government of Japan will provide US $ 16.7 million for the Stabilization Financing Project and UNDP’s “Crisis Response and Capacity-Building to Meet in Iraq” program. “Japan’s contribution is aimed at promoting the restoration of stability, recovery and capacity-building to cope with crises in areas liberated from the control of the Al-Qaeda organization in Iraq and the Levant, and others involving large numbers of displaced persons,” UNAMI said in a statement. “With this new amount, Japan’s total contribution to the Stabilization Financing Project and the Crisis Response Program are almost $ 60 million since 2014.” The Stabilization Project, according to priorities set by the Government of Iraq and local authorities, Providing grants to small enterprises, strengthening the capacities of local governments, promoting civic action and community reconciliation, as well as providing short-term employment opportunities through public works programs. “ “The additional Japanese contribution will help the Stabilization Project to accelerate the rehabilitation of key infrastructure and support livelihoods in newly liberated areas, including Mosul,” he said. The contribution will help the Crisis Response Program to provide cash grants to small enterprises, support employment activities, and rehabilitate infrastructure and housing in newly liberated areas with large numbers of displaced persons. The “crisis response” program will also use this funding to support community reconciliation and a culture of peace among different ethnic and religious groups.“Assisting in the stabilization of cities and districts is one of the most important activities of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Iraq,” said Liz Grande, UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq. Most of Mosul has been liberated and the rest will be released soon. We are working quickly to repair public infrastructure, but the demand is huge. The Japanese contribution helps us to expand our work quickly. This will have a big impact. “ Japan’s ambassador to Iraq, Fumio Iwai, said, “Japan has been working closely with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) since the early stages of the liberation process from the control of the Da’ash organization in Iraq and Syria.” UNDP initiatives to accelerate stability and improve capacity-building in crisis areas in newly liberated areas are essential for those affected by the current crisis in Iraq to regain their original living conditions. We spare no effort to help the Iraqi people build a better future. “The Stabilization Project, launched in June 2015, operates in newly liberated areas of Anbar, Salahaddin, Ninewa and Diyala provinces. More than 700 projects are completed or under construction in 22 locations. Since the beginning of the crisis, more than 1.6 million people have returned home. Through the Crisis Response and Capacity-Building Program in Iraq, UNDP provides rapid support to vulnerable families in newly liberated cities and villages that threaten social cohesion and social cohesion. The program is designed to build resilience to and recover from crises by helping families withstand multidimensional shocks associated with post-liberation and large-scale returns.



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