The Netherlands and UNDP sign a Cost Sharing Agreement for 2 million Euros for the Stabilization Facility for Libya
Following the decision of the Stabilization Facility for Libya Project Board last week to initiate a quick assessment in Benghazi, Kikla and Obari, the Netherlands and UNDP signed today an Agreement for two million euros towards the Stabilization Facility for Libya.
The Stabilization Facility is an initiative of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), implemented by UNDP and supported by the international community.
The Netherlands is the fourth donor to sign an Agreement with UNDP related to the Facility, following Germany, Norway and Italy, making the total amount of signed agreements to-date total 10 million dollars, whilst pledges amount to 30 million dollars from the international community, and another 30 million from the GNA.
Hans Sandee, the Ambassdor of the Netherlands said that he was impressed by the speed in which the Stabilization Facility has started moving ahead. Noura Hamladji, UNDP Country Director thanked the Netherlands for the substantive contribution and the great collaboration between the Netherlands and UNDP.
The Stabilization Facility aims to provide visible and tangible improvements to the population at the local level fast. It will mainly work on rehabilitation of critical infrastructure destroyed by conflict that will directly improve basic service delivery. Depending on priorities identified locally, the facility can finance rehabilitation and repairs of key public infrastructure including clinics, hospitals, water facilities, waste water treatment facilities, power grids and stations.
The Stabilization Facility will be Libyan led, with HE Dr. Taher Al-Jehaimi co-Chairing the Project Board with Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, the Deputy SRSG of UNSMIL and Resident Representative of UNDP.
The interventions of the Stabilization Facility will be implemented by UNDP and will be selected based on needs assessment on the ground. The priorities will be jointly agreed at the local level in consultation with municipalities, civil society and affected population, and endorsed by the Project Board. The Facility will be initially limited to specific selected localities covering the East, West and South Libya depending on funding. The first locations will be those that experienced most damage including Benghazi, Obari and Kikla. If funding allows, it can expand its scope in all areas of Libya.