Belgium to give 13.5 million euros to assist Iraq
UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organisation, will receive a contribution of 2 million euros to improve the reception of Syrian refugees in various camps in Iraqi Kurdistan (amongst others the camps of Kawergosk, Qushtapa, Basirma and Darashakran in the Erbil governorate and Arbat camp in Sulaymaniyah governorate).
A part of the funds will be used to prepare the camps for the winter. Another part is aimed at improving the service delivery in terms of accommodation, education, health, water and sanitation.
FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, will receive a contribution of 2 million euros for a two-year programme in order to stimulate incomes from agriculture.
Furthermore, 6 million euros will be made available over two years to United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande, who will be able to immediately finance the most pressing needs. Finally, another 1 million euros will be earmarked to OCHA to improve the coordination of all humanitarian aid in Iraq.
Belgium also wants to contribute to the stabilisation and reconstruction of areas previously held by Daesh and meanwhile liberated.
Therefore, to facilitate the return of displaced persons and refugees, 2 million euros will be given to the UNDP fund ‘Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization’ (FFIS). Restoration works of basic infrastructure and support for local employment projects take priority. Belgium also supports demining projects to the amount of 500,000 euros. ■