(Doha – XX July 2022) The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a Core Contribution Agreement to support IOM’s operations around the world through the allocation flexible funding. The QFFD will provide IOM with an unrestricted core contribution in the amount of USD 400,000 to be used by IOM to carry out its work and capacity in areas that fall within IOM’s mandate.
This agreement is in line with the State of Qatar’s pledges to fund core resources, amounting to US$500 million, to support United Nations organizations, announced at the 2018 Doha Forum.
On this occasion, Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General – Planning, said: “This agreement is in QFFD’s interest to help the most fragile societies. Since migration is one of the most critical issues we have to deal with today, we must ensure their future stability and prosperity. This agreement with IOM will ensure the assistance of migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees and migrant workers, to access basic human rights and ensure them a decent life”.
Ms. Carmela Godeau, IOM Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Unrestricted funding for IOM is critically important, and I am very pleased to welcome the QFFD in the growing group of donors who have entrusted IOM with funding. Thanks to the contribution of the QFFD, IOM will strengthen its capacities to provide an effective response to the current mobility challenges. IOM is at the forefront of humanitarian crises around the world and millions of migrants and displaced people depend on our essential services every year. QFFD’s unrestricted contribution to IOM illustrates the strong partnership between our two institutions.
Ms. Iman Ereiqat, IOM Qatar Chief of Mission, said: “The signing of this unearmarked funding agreement launches a new partnership with QFFD. Through this contribution, the QFFD offers IOM the valuable opportunity to allocate funds to the most urgent needs, in line with the principles of good giving. This significant contribution to the funding mechanism of IOM’s Migration Resources Allocation Committee (MIRAC) is the result of a partnership based on mutual trust and understanding. As an IOM Mission in Qatar, we are proud of this partnership with QFFD and look forward to expanding and strengthening it further.
This new agreement is a continuation of the ongoing partnership between QFFD and IOM to support vulnerable migrants around the world. It is worth mentioning that with the two grant agreements signed between the parties at the end of October and mid-November 2021, QFFD and IOM have started implementing two projects, a one-year project “Support livelihoods in the Beqaa and North Lebanon targeting Syrian Refugees” in Lebanon, and a nine-month “Life-Saving Flood Response in North West Syria” project in Syria. While the Syrian project, managed by IOM Turkey, targets 11 informal sites of internally displaced persons (IDPs) with camp infrastructure improvements as a response to disaster mitigation. floods, the Lebanese project provides support to Syrian refugees and host communities with the aim of mitigating their economic losses resulting from socio-economic deterioration and COVID-19 related disruptions in the country.