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Crisis prevention

UNDP helps to prevent violent conflict, working with local communities and governments to manage disputes through inclusive participation and dialogue. We focus on women, who are disproportionately affected by conflict.

  • In Kenya, UNDP helped to establish Uwiano, a multimedia and text messaging platform that contributed to maintaining peace during the country's 2010 referendum and 2013 general election.
  • UNDP supports the National Architecture for Peace in Ghana through a $4 million programme that has successfully promoted community dialogue and served as an early warning mechanism on potential conflicts since 2005.

Post-conflict recovery

In the aftermath of conflict, UNDP supports national authorities to deliver essential public services, including security, access to justice and the rule of law, and gain control of their recovery process as quickly as possible.

  • In Northern Uganda, young volunteers trained in peace-building and conflict resolution helped settle land disputes and mitigate domestic violence through a UNDP-supported programme to facilitate recovery and resettlement of displaced populations. Between 2009 and 2012, 2,288 community conflicts were resolved through a 1,090-strong network of peace ring leaders.
  • UNDP helped authorities in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State to build critical infrastructure and perform vital functions such as rule of law, policing and managing the development process. 19 district police posts, police headquarters and security access roads were built, bringing more accessible law enforcement to at least 30,000 people.

Bridging the gap between emergency and long-term development

By facilitating early recovery, UNDP supports households, ex-combatants, their associated members and internally displaced people so they can recover their livelihoods through employment and income-generation activities.

  • UNDP helped the Government of Burundi to put into place a 3-stage scheme enabling ex-combatants and people affected by war to rebuild livelihoods through community projects. Participants earn a salary, pool their savings for business projects and are supported by micro-finance institutions and business incubators, creating thousands of jobs and improving community relations in the provinces with high numbers of Internally Displaced Persons.

Disaster Risk Management

UNDP works to ensure Disaster Risk Reduction and climate risk management are built into national and local development plans, with a strong institutional basis for implementation.

  • Between 2010 and 2012, UNDP partnered with the Government of Ghana under the Japan-financed Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) to bolster disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation by establishing hazard maps in districts with high flood and drought risks, as well as locations for safe havens and evacuation routes.

Building global partnerships for crisis prevention and recovery

UNDP is working closely with its partners in the UN and beyond in complex, challenging situations.

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