Baghdad, 22 November 2020 – The German Government’s KfW Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the Government of Iraq, today signed an agreement worth EUR 10 million (US $ 11.75 million) to support Iraq’s response to COVID. -19. The contribution is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with financing provided through KfW. Over the past five years, the German Government has continued to be a supporter of UNDP activities in Iraq and has so far committed more than EUR 300 million through the KfW Development Bank to this end.
The German government is also supporting Iraq in its efforts to address the immediate and medium-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and has prepared an emergency window in which funds are made available, including this contribution to UNDP. This contribution allows UNDP to expand its COVID-19 response measures to 15 governors. That makes Germany the tenth partner to contribute to UNDP’s COVID-19 response, bringing the total raised to an estimated $ 38.9 million.
Measures under UNDP Iraq’s response include increasing laboratory testing capacity, providing personal protective equipment for health workers, building isolation units for infected patients and conducting assessments to drive post-COVID-19 recovery strategies.
“The spread of COVID-19 still impacts Iraqi communities across the country. Thanks to Germany’s generous contribution, we can continue to improve Iraq’s health infrastructure by constructing three additional isolation wards in addition to the 13 wards which have been completed or are underway, ”said UNDP Iraqi Population Representative, Zena Ali Ahmad.
HE German Ambassador, Dr. Ole Diehl, especially emphasized the multi-faceted approach of UNDP’s response to COVID-19. “COVID-19 is a catastrophe, not only as long as it destroys human health and life. It also causes people to lose their jobs, companies to lose income and families to literally lose food on their tables. This possible COVID-19 outcome requires a strong and distinct response that is reflected in this program. Germany continues to support Iraq in its fight against COVID-19. This is why we have launched an extensive global COVID-19 emergency program, in which also a sizable COVID-19 response window is allocated for Iraq. This pandemic can only be contained by the collective efforts of the international community and Germany will play its part. “
“Germany is one of the largest UNDP Iraq contributors, and we are very grateful for their strong and continued support, especially during the pandemic,” added Ali Ahmad.
The KfW Development Bank and UNDP have enjoyed strong cooperation over the years. “On behalf of the German Government, we are very pleased to be able to expand our cooperation with UNDP and assist Iraq in its efforts to address the current challenges that arise through COVID-19,” said Director of the KfW Iraq Office, Dr. Anna Janke.
The donation will be channeled through UNDP Iraq’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS).
Germany joins Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden and USAID as key partners supporting Iraq’s UNDP response to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting medical facilities in Anbar, Babil, Basra, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya , Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Karbala, Kirkuk, Maysan, Muthana, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah Al Din.
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