Crisis response

Disasters and violent conflicts are major obstacles to countries and communities achieving development goals. They erode progress already made and leave communities less resistant to future risks and shocks. In a crisis context, UNDP’s objective is to support immediate relief efforts while helping communities build resilience, the ability to cope with and quickly bounce back from unexpected and disruptive events.

To help communities reduce and manage risks, humanitarian and development actors need to incorporate resilience-building and recovery into crisis response. UNDP makes a critical contribution to these efforts, by being present on the ground immediately after the onset of a crisis and linking humanitarian response to long term recovery. MORE >

Speed, effectiveness and predictability

UNDP’s crisis response rests on a well-coordinated approach that allows the entire organization to work together coherently. The organization develops, maintains and regularly updates a set of response tools and coordination mechanisms to respond quickly, predictably and effectively to crisis in a broad range of contexts.more

Ongoing initiatives

  • Stabilizing Iraq

    The humanitarian, security and development crisis in Iraq is amongst the most volatile and severe in the region. The occupation of approximately one-third of Iraq’s territory by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) resulted in the displacement of 3.3 million Iraqis.

  • Responding to the crisis in Yemen

    UNDP is working with local and international partners to build resilience in Yemen by supporting communities and key institutions to lay the foundation for recovery and state-building.

  • Supporting Syrians and the region

    Six years into the conflict in Syria, 75 percent of the population are living in poverty, while millions of Syrians seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

  • Responding to the crisis in CAR

    UNDP supports the stabilization of the Central African Republic through the phased implementation of community security, livelihoods, social cohesion, and reconciliation initiatives.

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Our stories

  • Haïti: raising after the storm
    Oct 9, 2016

    Haiti was hit by a category 4 hurricane on 4 October 2016. UNDP was on the ground to help improve the lives of at least one million people in the aftermath of the disaster.

  • #RefugeesWelcome: helping the helpers
    Sep 16, 2016

    There are now more people on the move - 244 million - than at any time since the end of World War II. Communities hosting refugees and the internally displaced are most often in developing countries with few economic opportunities themselves and limited access to health and education.

  • Building resilience and better lives at home
    Sep 16, 2016

    More than 65 million people are now forcibly displaced by violence and conflict around the world, to prevent an even larger crisis, we need enduring answers to address the root causes of displacement and to support communities hosting large numbers of displaced persons.

  • Back on the land for Nepalese farmers
    Apr 24, 2016

    UNDP’s Rapid Enterprise and Livelihoods Recovery Project supports microentrepreneurs to restore their livelihoods after the earthquake.

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