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Post by claud39 on Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:05 am

http://www.uniraq.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=10462:with-generous-eu-funding-empowered-local-communities-and-improved-governance-are-within-reach-in-iraq&Itemid=605&lang=en


[size=36]With generous EU funding, empowered local communities and improved governance are within reach in Iraq[/size]


Wednesday, 20 February 2019






Erbil, 20 February 2019 – Hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq will benefit from two new projects funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund, MADAD. Launched today in Erbil, the projects aim at empowering local communities and improving governance in areas affected by conflict.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) are implementing a project together, and VNG International of the Netherlands is implementing another project.
Minister of Planning at the Kurdistan Regional Government, Dr. Ali Sindi, stated: “The EU-UNDP support will help our societies recover much faster, and our local governance be revamped in line with our local and national plans. This is what our people need, now.”
Programme Manager of MADAD, Mr. Ryan Knox, said: "The EU has been heavily involved in local governance and local development for quite a number of years. The first two phases of the Local Area Development Programme (LADP), the ongoing Municipality granting scheme in Kurdistan Region, and now the forthcoming project on supporting recovery and stability through local development – all these illustrate the steadfast commitment we have towards Iraq and cements our partnership with the Iraqi people. In tangible terms we want to assist the authorities in weaving back together the social contract of this country, to reconstruct cities and towns, to make areas safe for the return of those who have had to flee their homes and to allow communities to heal and prosper."
In turn, Head of UNDP Office in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), Ms. Isabela Uribe, said: “The most vulnerable communities in Iraq have suffered enough in the past years. It is time for change. With the support of the EU, improved livelihoods and jobs are now within reach. We are grateful for this strategic partnership. Together we are making a lasting difference in the daily life of Iraqis.”
“Essentially, the MADAD Regional Trust Fund enables UN-Habitat to work hand-in-hand with governorate and municipal officials to address the housing needs of the most vulnerable families affected in the targeted Governorates. We owe it to these families to rebuild their homes, and their lives, as quickly as possible,” said Head of UN-Habitat Iraq, a.i., Ms. Yuko Otsuki.
Unit Manager for Europe, Middle East and North Africa at VNG International, Dr. Arne Musch, added: “VNG International (the Netherlands), PCPM (Poland) and KL (Denmark), agencies and colleagues from EU member states, are happy and honoured to help connect the issues of displacement and return, to the issue of urbanisation, thereby helping subnational governments and service providers.”
The project implemented by UNDP and UN-Habitat focuses on strengthening the long-term resilience of Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaimaniyah, and Ninewah. The four governorates were largely affected by the refugee and IDPs crisis. Nearly €10 million of EU funding will go towards improving housing and generating job opportunities with the objective of benefiting internally displaced people, Syrian refugees and host communities.
The project implemented by VNG International, PCPM and KL will focus on spatial planning, selected service sectors and the preparation of selected investments in these services in Duhok and Ninewah. The project will combine capacity building with concrete pilots.

The projects are scheduled to be launched in Mosul on 21 February 2019.

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For additional information, please contact:
UNDP Iraq 
Ms. Nidaa Hilal, Senior Communications Specialist 
Email: nidaa.hilal@undp.org Mob: +964 751 745 0799

UN-Habitat Iraq 
Mr. Alan Miran, Communication Associate 
Email: alan.miran@un.org Mob: +964 750 342 7036

The EU Delegation to the Republic of Iraq
Mr. Alsadiq Al Adilee, Press and Information Officer
Email: Alsadiq.Al-Adilee@eeas.europa.eu
Mob: +964 780 928 5377

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With generous EU funding, empowered local communities and improved governance are within reach in Iraq

Post by claud39 on Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:08 am

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[size=39]With generous EU funding, empowered local communities and improved governance are within reach in Iraq[/size]





“The EU-UNDP support will help our societies recover much faster, and our local governance be revamped in line with our local and national plans.” Said Dr. Ali Sindi, Minister of Planning at the Kurdistan Regional Government. Photo: Karzan Saadon/UNDP Iraq/2019.








Erbil, 20 February 2019 – Hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq will benefit from two new projects funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund, MADAD. Launched today in Erbil, the projects aim at empowering local communities and improving governance in areas affected by conflict.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) are implementing a project together, and VNG International of the Netherlands is implementing another project.

Minister of Planning at the Kurdistan Regional Government, Dr. Ali Sindi, stated: “The EU-UNDP support will help our societies recover much faster, and our local governance be revamped in line with our local and national plans. This is what our people need, now.”

Programme Manager of MADAD, Mr. Ryan Knox, said: "The EU has been heavily involved in local governance and local development for quite a number of years. The first two phases of the Local Area Development Programme (LADP), the ongoing Municipality granting scheme in Kurdistan Region, and now the forthcoming project on supporting recovery and stability through local development – all these illustrate the steadfast commitment we have towards Iraq and cements our partnership with the Iraqi people. In tangible terms we want to assist the authorities in weaving back together the social contract of this country, to reconstruct cities and towns, to make areas safe for the return of those who have had to flee their homes and to allow communities to heal and prosper."

In turn, Head of UNDP Office in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), Ms. Isabela Uribe, said: “The most vulnerable communities in Iraq have suffered enough in the past years. It is time for change. With the support of the EU, improved livelihoods and jobs are now within reach. We are grateful for this strategic partnership. Together we are making a lasting difference in the daily life of Iraqis.”

“Essentially, the MADAD Regional Trust Fund enables UN-Habitat to work hand-in-hand with governorate and municipal officials to address the housing needs of the most vulnerable families affected in the targeted Governorates. We owe it to these families to rebuild their homes, and their lives, as quickly as possible,” said Head of UN-Habitat Iraq, a.i., Ms. Yuko Otsuki.

Unit Manager for Europe, Middle East and North Africa at VNG International, Dr. Arne Musch, added: “VNG International (the Netherlands), PCPM (Poland) and KL (Denmark), agencies and colleagues from EU member states, are happy and honoured to help connect the issues of displacement and return, to the issue of urbanisation, thereby helping subnational governments and service providers.”

The project implemented by UNDP and UN-Habitat focuses on strengthening the long-term resilience of Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaimaniyah, and Ninewah. The four governorates were largely affected by the refugee and IDPs crisis. Nearly €10 million of EU funding will go towards improving housing and generating job opportunities with the objective of benefiting internally displaced people, Syrian refugees and host communities.

The project implemented by VNG International, PCPM and KL will focus on spatial planning, selected service sectors and the preparation of selected investments in these services in Duhok and Ninewah. The project will combine capacity building with concrete pilots.

The projects are scheduled to be launched in Mosul on 21 February 2019.

 

For additional information, please contact:
UNDP Iraq
Ms. Nidaa Hilal, Senior Communications Specialist, (m): +964 751 745 0799

UN-Habitat Iraq
Mr. Alan Miran, Communication Associate, (m): +964 750 342 7036

The EU Delegation to the Republic of Iraq
Mr. Alsadiq Al Adilee, Press and Information Officer, (m): +964 780 928 5377

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EU announces additional EUR 50m for Iraq

Post by claud39 on Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:31 am

http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2019/02/21/eu-announces-additional-eur-50m-for-iraq/

EU announces additional EUR 50m for Iraq







21st February 2019 in Construction & Engineering In IraqHealthcare

The EU has announced an additional €30 million in humanitarian assistance. Another €20 million in development funding will contribute to the reconstruction of the country’s cultural heritage, as well as the creation of jobs and opportunities for vulnerable youth.
The announcement was made by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides (pictured), on the occasion of his sixth visit to Iraq today.
Commissioner Stylianides said:
Each time I visit Iraq, I see the hope of its people despite the challenging circumstances. At this critical moment for the country, our new funding reaffirms the EU’s commitment to stand in solidarity with all Iraqis and will help the most vulnerable.”
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica added:
The EU is committed to the reconstruction of Iraq. With today’s new support, we will help to restore the rich cultural heritage of Mosul and Basrah, and at the same time create much needed jobs and opportunities.”
Whilst in Iraq, Commissioner Stylianides, alongside Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, visited Mosul, where schools and hospitals are being supported by EU funding to help the most vulnerable get access to essential services. In Erbil, the Commissioner visited camps hosting thousands displaced by conflict. In Baghdad, the Commissioner held meetings with the Iraqi authorities.
Humanitarian assistance: The new EU humanitarian assistance worth €30 million will include protection, emergency healthcare, basic shelter, food, safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those in the greatest need throughout the country. These include Iraqis who remain displaced and Syrian refugees in Iraq. It will provide mental health support, increasing services for survivors of sexual violence, and ensuring physical therapy and rehabilitation to war-wounded. Furthermore, the EU will support the resumption of basic public services including health, education, and water supply in war-affected areas, such as Mosul, western Anbar and Hawija.
Development cooperation: The €20 million development cooperation will provide tailored technical and vocation training opportunities for youth in the construction sector, to help to recover the historic urban landscape of Mosul and Basrah. In addition, it will provide small grants to Small and Medium Enterprises and associations, with a focus on the revival of socio-economic and cultural activities. This funding, to be signed on 21 February, is part of the flagship initiative ‘Revive the Spirit of Mosul’ run by UNESCO, and designed to foster social cohesion and promote peace. With the full support of the Government of Iraq, the initiative will focus the restoration and rehabilitation of cultural heritage, as well as the revival of educational and cultural institutions. This measure is part of the EU’s pledge at the Iraq Reconstruction Conference held in Kuwait in February 2018.
Today’s funding announcement brings total EU humanitarian assistance to Iraq to €420 million and development cooperation to €309 million since the beginning of the crisis in 2015.
(Source: EU)

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50 million euros (USD 56 million) from EU to support Iraq stabilization and reconstruction as EU Commissioner, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and UN Deputy Special Representative tour projects in Mosul

Post by claud39 on Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:35 am

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Thursday, 21 February 2019






Mosul, Iraq, 20 February 2019 - Seeing firsthand the impact of the assistance provided to help the people of Mosul recover from the devastation of the conflict with Da’esh (ISIL), a joint European Union-United Nations delegation toured stabilization and development projects in the city of Mosul in Ninewa Governorate, northern Iraq, and relief activities in Hamam al Alil IDP camp, bringing with it promises of additional support from the EU to the tune of 50 million euros (USD 56 million) for post-conflict recovery across Iraq and continued support to humanitarian response and development projects.
 
The delegation comprised European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr. Christos Stylianides, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Finance, in charge of the Fight against Tax Fraud, and Minister of Development Cooperation, Mr. Alexander De Croo, and Ms. Marta Ruedas, the Deputy Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General and the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

On 19 February, the delegation called on the governor and the Provincial Council chair before touring the city, stopping at a primary school being run and rebuilt with the support of UNICEF and a WASH project run by the International Committee of the Red Cross in eastern Mosul, and a hospital supported by WHO in West Mosul, in conjunction with city authorities. Infrastructure, public services and the education system have been hard hit in the city due to the conflict, and their revival is necessary to ensure sustainable recovery and prevent any resumption of conflict, as well as to provide an opportunity for a better future for the next generation. At the Al-Sanaded primary school for girls in Mosul, the delegation met with parents and teachers, toured a sports field and an arts room. WHO is providing psychosocial support for the returnees in the city, and its programmes have been so well received that people from faraway areas were coming to seek assistance.

On 20 February, the delegation travelled to Hamam al-Alil where they toured a UNFPA-supported clinic for reproductive health, an IMC shelter for women victims of gender-based violence, co-financed by the Iraq Humanitarian Fund, and a UNICEF WASH services centre and water treatment unit.

“Daesh has been defeated on the battleground but we must continue fighting against their poisonous ideology. We must address the root causes of this conflict and respond to the basic needs of all affected Iraqis. Otherwise, me may risk winning the battle on the ground but fail in the peace, with new cycles of violence,” the EU Commissioner said, announcing that the EU will provide 30 million euros (USD 34 million) to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan allocated for Iraq. Speaking to journalists during the tour, the Commissioner added: “The European Union will continue to support all aspects of the crisis in Iraq, supporting Iraqi authorities, and showing tangible solidarity with the Iraqi people for as long as it takes.


The Commissioner also announced that another €20 million (USD 22.5 million) in development funding will contribute to the reconstruction of the country's cultural heritage, as well as the creation of jobs and opportunities for vulnerable youth.

Despite the end of the conflict with ISIL, its consequences continue to affect Iraq, with liberated areas in need of rehabilitation of houses, infrastructure and services. 1.8 million Iraqis remain displaced while an estimated 6.6 million will continue to need some kind of humanitarian assistance in 2019, with over half of those in Ninewa Governorate alone. In addition, Iraq hosts 250,000 Syrian refugees, mostly in the Kurdistan Region. It is estimated that 5.5 million people need health support and 2.6 million children need access to education. Education is integrated into broader assistance, to cover children’s physical and mental health, psychosocial support and protection aid.

Deputy UN Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator Ruedas said: “We have already supported a lot of the reconstruction of the health infrastructure, not just in east Mosul but also in west Mosul. With regard to the return of the displaced population, if they cannot return to their places of origin then some solutions have to be found to make sure that they are able to find their way to normal life outside of the camps. We in the UN will be working with the institutions of the government to make that happen.”

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For more information, please contact: Georgios Petropoulos, Deputy Head of Office – Baghdad, Iraq
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Iraq 
Mobile: +964 782 780 6733| E-mail: Petropoulos@un.org

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