UNDP-EU: Crisis Prevention & Recovery

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In Albania, the UNDP-EU partnership supported the country to become mine-free. “Now our children can play freely, we can make use of our land, and graze our sheep without fear that they will be injured.” Photo: UNDP Albania

To help countries and communities recover after a conflict or natural disaster, UNDP and the EU work in both immediate crisis recovery and more long-term development, trying to ease the transition between the two.

Over time the EU-UNDP collaboration in crisis prevention and recovery has expanded to include a solid institutional and policy dialogue and a lively exchange of best practice – including the development of joint methodological guidance and training programmes for our institutions and partners. This is supported through a number of thematic global collaborations that complement the work we do at national level.

To help countries be better prepared for natural disasters, the partnership works on disaster risk reduction and recovery. Before a disaster, we work with governments and communities to understand the risks they face and how to reduce them through better development planning and preparedness efforts. We provide guidance on what needs to be done when a crisis occurs. Immediately after a natural disaster, we help national counterparts assess the scale of the crisis, determine its economic and human impact, and the type and level of support required to recover from it.

We are also there in the aftermath of a disaster to help communities sustain livelihoods and revitalize economies, access basic services and strengthen their capacity to build a better future.

In conflict-affected countries, we work to restore State functions and promote inclusive political processes. This helps rebuild trust between the State and its citizens. It also equips State institutions so that they can deliver their core functions, including security, economic management and service delivery. To build peace – and prevent new conflicts – we support countries to engage in democratic dialogue and reconciliation. We help them establish domestic capacities to engage peacefully in political transitions and manage conflicts constructively.

Our partnership helps institutions such as courts, justice ministries and the police to become more transparent, accountable and respectful of human rights, giving also vulnerable people - especially women - access to justice and improved security. By reducing the flow of weapons, supporting countries become mine-free or promoting citizen security in societies with high levels of violence and crime, our partnership makes communities safer.

The EU has also been an important contributor to post-conflict activities funded through multi-donor trust funds administered by UNDP on behalf of the UN system, such as the Iraq Reconstruction Trust Fund; the Afghanistan Law and Order Trust Fund; or the Sudan Reconstruction Trust Fund.

EU funding to Crisis Prevention and Recovery

The share of EU funding to Crisis Prevention and Recovery programmes vis a vis total funding to UNDP has steadily increased over the recent years. In 2004, CPR programmes represented 13 percent of the portfolio, in 2011 it had increased to 49 percent (EUR 146 million).

Eu contributions to Crisis Prevention and Recovery in 2003-2011 (in million EUR)
Eu contributions to Crisis Prevention and Recovery in 2003-2011 (in million EUR)
UNDP in Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Crisis Prevention & Recovery

Read more about what UNDP does globally in the area of Crisis Prevention and Recovery.

Preventing Crisis, Enabling Recovery, Annual Report 2011
Rule of Law, Global Programme: Annual Report 2011
Interview with Jordan Ryan

Watch Jordan Ryan, UNDP Director for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, being interviewed during a recent visit to Brussels. He talks about the UNDP-EU partnership in fragile countries.

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