Stabilising Liberated Areas
The Global Coalition is assisting the Iraqi government as it stabilises areas liberated from Daesh’s control and provides governance, security, and essential services to people in need. As the Iraqi government liberates territory from Daesh, ensuring citizens who have fled areas previously controlled by Daesh can voluntarily return home in safety to rebuild their communities is essential to reconciliation and inclusive governance in Iraq. To this end, the Coalition has committed over $50 million to the UN Development Program’s (UNDP) Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which supports immediate needs in newly liberated areas.
The Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization
The Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) was created on 11 June 2015 to assist the Iraqi government as it responds to the stabilisation priorities identified in areas liberated from Daesh. The fund, supported by over a dozen Coalition partners, provides the Iraqi government with a vital mechanism to address the immediate needs of its citizens following military operations and liberation from Daesh. The FFIS has been used in Salah ad Din and Ninewah Governorate, and will be used for other areas as they are secured by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).
In Tikrit in Salah ad Din, over 165,000 people (90 percent of its former residents) have returned in the wake of the city being liberated from Daesh’s control. With help from the Iraqi government and the FFIS, families and communities returning to the city have begun rebuilding their lives. The FFIS continues to fund critical public services providing clean water, repairing the electrical grid, providing vital healthcare services and launching public works initiatives rehabilitating public infrastructure and helping to jump start the economy.
Strengthening Security and the Rule of Law
To support local security, Italy is leading the Coalition’s effort to train Iraq’s police to provide security in liberated areas. More than 150 Italian police officers have deployed to Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi police, with Coalition partners providing additional trainers and equipment as part of the programme. Over a thousand police officers from Iraq’s local and national police have now been retrained through this initiative.