Aid & Development

The challenges faced in rebuilding the city of Mosul

Iraq

The lack of funds allocated to the Mosul Municipality has resulted in many challenges to the reconstruction process. Officials in the Municipality say that they have not received any money to even rebuild their headquarters.

Over a year has passed since the liberation of Mosul from ISIS by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). However, the reconstruction process has been moving forward slowly due to a lack of allocation of funds to the municipality in Mosul.

Assistant to the Head of the Mosul Municipality deplores the lack of support they have received:

The government’s support for a city like Mosul is shameful. So far, we have not received the required amount from the ministry, which has reached about $600 million”

The Municipality has not even received the required funds to rehabilitate its permanent headquarters. Nevertheless, despite the difficulties it has been able to:

  • Remove 3 million cubic metres of rubble
  • Pave 60,000 square metres of roads
  • Rehabilitate the asphalt plant
  • Restore 30% of infrastructure
  • Remove 2,658 civilian bodies
  • Remove 2,560 ISIS bodies

Significant attention has been paid to the reconstruction of Mosul in general following its liberation. Iraq’s Reconstruction Fund was charged with supporting the process and a conference was held in Kuwait in February to bring in international donors to finance reconstruction projects, on the back of which around $30 billion was pledged.

Nevertheless, the central authorities in Iraq are still cash-strapped and the money pledged to reconstruction project administrators in Mosul has been filtering in at a slow pace.

In any case, local actors in Mosul have recorded several successes along the way since July 2017. The Old City, which was subject to extensive damage as it represented the heart of ISIS presence in the city, has seen its historic market re-opened and campaigns to remove the rubble there have been launched by volunteers and the local authorities alike.

Local civil society organisations have also contributed to the reconstruction/rehabilitation process. For instance, the Faz’a Watan Organisation has helped schools in Mosul to relocate and equip themselves with the necessary tools, as well as to assist students who have special needs.

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