UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNOPS handover facilities to Returning Communities in West Darfur
West Darfur, Sudan – April 24, 2017---The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) handed over new facilities to communities in Angime and Magada in El Geneina Rural Locality of West Darfur State as part of a project to support returnees.
The facilities included four elevated roads, an underground dam and hand pump completed by UNOPS; a community livelihoods centre, grinding mill shelter, and two hand pumps completed by UNDP; 66 transitional shelters for returnees supported by UNHCR; two classrooms and a teachers’ office with latrines completed by UNICEF.
These activities are part of the Foundational and Short Term (FaST) activities under the Darfur Development Strategy (DDS) coordinated by United Nations Fund for Recovery, Reconstruction and Development in Darfur (UNDF) and generously supported by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
The UN is working with the Government of Sudan and national and international partners in Darfur to move from humanitarian support to recovery, reconstruction and development. FaST activities cover all five states of Darfur and aims to bring tangible benefits of improving conditions in Darfur to people.
FaST projects will ensure more out-of-school children have a new chance for education, generate employment and sustainable livelihoods, provide water, sanitation and health facilities, enhance access to markets and services for rural communities, promote microfinance to support local entrepreneurship and trade, build environmentally sustainable shelters and provide improved power supplies to facilitate the safe return and reintegration for internally displaced people (IDPs), Sudanese who spontaneously returned from Chad where they were formerly refugees, and ex-combatants. The number of localities benefiting from FaST project is 47 localities throughout Darfur States during the project duration of 24months from January 2016 to December 2017.
Mr. Arbab Omer Ishag, community representative of Angeme, West Darfur expressed his gratitude, saying: “We are thankful for what have been done so far; we used to suffer from the lack of services and access to markets and other towns during the rainy season, but now this has changed, with the new homes, crossroads, centers and solar power that were built and installed by UN agencies”.
Mr. Mogeb Elrahman, Leader of Ishbarrah of West Darfur Native Administration, added: “Sustaining return requires all sectors to come together and coordinate their efforts so as to better serve people in Darfur. We welcome efforts made so far”.
UNDF Technical Secretariat Mrs. Natalie Groom applauded the role of the state governments of the five states of Darfur and thanked the UNDF partners (UN agencies, national and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the communities) for their work and support in realizing the goals of the project.
The State of Qatar has supported FaST activities with a total of $88,500,000 through Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD).
The establishment of the UNDF responds to Article 32 of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur which stipulates that “since the financial resources and expertise required to undertake such an operation are beyond Sudan's capacity, the Parties request the international community to urgently and fully participate in this initiative and assist in the provision of necessary resources and expertise and partake in meeting the needs set for this purpose through the establishment of a Multi-Donor Trust Fund.”
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Maiko, Communication focal point, UNOPS Sudan; Phone: +249-922910207 Email: email@example.com