Development cooperation , 01.06.2020

Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization in Iraq (FFIS), UNDP


Project concerns COVID-19 prevention. Iraq is struggling with a multitude of challenges. These include the 1.4 IDPs, the presence of terrorist groups, the ongoing political crisis, and the crashing oil prices. The spread of COVID-19 pandemic will further erode the economic, social and national health situation. The health sector of Iraq is estimated to be in a poor condition, incapable of facing a severe pandemic. The uncontrolled spread of the virus could threaten the stability of the country and lead into a societal collapse. UNDP is leading the stabilization efforts in Iraq and supporting the Iraqi government in its response to the pandemic. In line with the WHO-led Iraq’s Country Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan Against COVID-19, UNDP will strengthen the health sector; support the crisis management efforts of the government, as well as support the government to assess the impacts of COVID-19, to enable the drafting of recovery strategies for the country. The expected results include: Output 1: The healthcare system in Iraq is strengthened to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Output 2: Integrated crisis management and response is strengthened to enable the Government of Iraq to maintain core functions, and manage1 its response Output 3: The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 are assessed to enable Government of Iraq define shortand medium-term recovery strategies for Iraq The project will be implemented under UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS/FFS), utilizing its management structures. Since 2016, Finland has allocated 9 MEUR to the facility. FFS aims to support the Iraqi government to address the immediate stabilization needs in newly accessible areas, allowing the sustainable return of IDPs. The Fund is an integral part of the Government’s national stabilization efforts. The fund implements projects through the following windows: 1) Public works and light infrastructure rehabilitation in areas occupied from the ISIL; 2) Support to jump-starting livelihoods and jobs creation initiatives; 3) Local governance capacity building. The COVID-19 response will become an independent output in FFS programme document. The budget for the project is 22.4 MUSD. By May 2020 UNDP has secured around 9 MUSD funding. The department for Africa and the Middle East proposes 2 MEUR funding for the project. The one-off disbursement will be done as soon as the funding decision and the financing agreement have been signed.

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Funding decision  01.06.2020

2 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Infectious disease control 100%

Special target group

  • women

Funding channel

YK:n kehitysohjelma



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