An Australian contribution added to the liberated areas of Iraq

June 11, 2017

Baghdad - Journal News

The Government of Australia has contributed an additional $ 1.5 million to the UNDP Stabilization Project, which funds rapid initiatives in areas liberated from Da'ash . Thus Australia's total contribution to the project is about $ 3 million to date.

The stabilization project, in accordance with priorities set by the Government of Iraq and the local authorities, helps accelerate the rehabilitation of public infrastructure, grants to small enterprises, strengthening local government capacities, promoting civic action and community reconciliation, and short-term employment through public works programs .

"The extent of the destruction in areas where the fighting continues west of Mosul is some of the worst in the entire military campaign," said Liz Grande, the UNDP Resident Representative in Iraq. We have 300 projects underway in Mosul, but it is obviously just a beginning. We have to face the fact that it will require a massive rehabilitation process. "

"Australia is pleased to continue to support the restoration of stability in Iraq, including in the newly liberated areas of Mosul," said Australian Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Langman. We recognize that the restoration of basic services and the rehabilitation of key infrastructure are important so that people can return to their homes. "

Works project re Which began in June 2015, in newly liberated areas of Anbar, Salahaddin, Ninewa, Diyala and Kirkuk. More than 1,000 projects have been completed or are under way in 23 locations. Since the beginning of the crisis, more than 1.8 million people have returned to their homes.