UNDP Around the world

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
  • Responding to the crisis in Somalia

    UNDP is working with humanitarian partners in drought-affected areas to deliver immediate water and emergency support to the most vulnerable communities. At the same time, UNDP provides long-term development solutions on an on-going basis, which address the root causes of vulnerability.

  • 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.

  • Averting famine

    Four countries—Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northern Nigeria—are facing conflict and drought and now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II.

  • Responding to the crisis in Yemen

    Already one of the poorest countries in the Arab region, Yemen’s situation worsened considerably amid escalating armed conflict in 2015. We are helping people get back to work so they can become self-sufficient again, helping restore basic services such as health care, and contributing to peace-building.

  • Responding to the crisis in northeast Nigeria

    The Boko Haram insurgency over the last seven years has victimized an already vulnerable population in northeast Nigeria. UNDP’s vision is to complement life-saving interventions with sustainable, integrated solutions to stabilize communities and lay the foundation for longer-term recovery.

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Our stories
  • Back in business in Nepal
    Apr 24, 2017

    Two years since the earthquake, Nepal is well into recovery and reconstruction, but a great deal of work remains to be done. Meet some of the people working to rebuild their country.

  • Averting famine
    Apr 21, 2017

    Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing conflict and drought and are now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. Swift delivery of aid, combined with early recovery and emergency development work, can address and prevent famine and ensure durable peace.

  • Fighting malaria
    Apr 21, 2017

    13 million vulnerable people in some of the hardest to reach regions of Chad will soon be reached with insecticide treated bednets. As World Malaria Day 2017 approaches, UNDP and the Global Fund are stepping up the fight ahead of the rainy season.

  • Yemen: a nation on the brink of famine
    Apr 19, 2017

    Yemen is considered one of four countries in the world currently facing the threat of famine. Over two years of continuous war have created the conditions for widespread hunger in the country of 27 million. To help Yemenis in need, UNDP partners with sister UN organizations and the World Bank, with additional funding from donors, to help people get back to work and become self-sufficient again.

  • Resilience despite of the losses in Syria
    Feb 6, 2017

    Six years into the crisis in Syria, during which many lives have changed and many families have faced displacement, hunger, and fear. Despite his young age, Motasem has experienced very harsh conditions that left him with great responsibilities. His losses went far beyond the death of his father and brother. It was the loss of life as he knew it now that he should learn how to live with one arm and one leg.

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