Crisis Prevention and Recovery

The Asia and the Pacific has seen unprecedented economic progress in recent years. However, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters and crisis situations in many countries threaten their development gains. Crisis (conflict, political instability, disaster or violence) can set development back significantly with negative impacts on the livelihoods of the poor. For some countries in the region, the interplay between conflict and natural disasters adds complexity to recovery and stretches national capacities and resources. The severity of disasters, combined with crises such as violence and conflict, can have negative cumulative effects on development goals, poor communities and, in particular, on least developed countries.more

Our Goals

Across the Asia and the Pacific, UNDP aims to assist governments, public institutions and local communities in strengthening their capacities to manage development in the context of conflict, natural disasters and hazards, and in the aftermath of crisis.more

The Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years on

Ten years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami, what have we learned? Read a series of special reports that combine on-the-ground experiences with insights and analysis, to mark the anniversary. More

Our Stories

  • Amina Azimi lost a leg in a rocket attack at just 11 years old. She has been working with Afghans Landmine Survivors Organization (ALSO) and reaching out to people with disabilities and war-related injuries in Afghanistan. Photo credit: Amina Azimi

    Promoting women’s leadership for peace in Asia

    Women are often at the front lines of conflict and the hardest hit by war, yet their contributions towards building peace rarely make the headlines.  Themore

  • Lilly Be'Seor speaks about how she helped bring about a peace agreement in a Papua New Guinea Highlands community that had been at conflict for years

    Rural women bringing peace in Papua New Guinea

    Education, commitment, sacrifice and full participation in the daily life of her community is the recipe for Lilly Be’Soer’s success as a leader. Lilly recently broughtmore

  • Using salvaged lumber and other recycled debris from Typhoon Bopha, a villager in the Philippines' Compostela Valley participates in a UNDP programme to rebuild communities while bringing much-needed income. (Photo: RV Mitra/UNDP Philippines)

    After Philippines typhoon, clean-up brings recovery

    Julius Enriquez sifts through a mountain of rubble, picking out usable wood and other materials in the grounds of what used to be Cateel Central Elementarymore

  • Villagers in China’s Sichuan province work to rebuild a house, part of a UNDP cash-for-work programme established following the region’s devastating 2008 earthquake. Photo: UNDP China

    China: Building back better and greener

    Before the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in southwestern China on 12 May 2008, 62-year-old Qing Liehua’s main source of income and food for his family was chickenmore

Scaling-up Innovations

  • With UNDP’s support, peasants now have the resources and capacities to build back better their homes after a tropical storm and become resilient in the face of environment threats.

    Disaster Preparedness in Bangladesh


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