Focus Areas

Women and children receive medical care at a base of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in Labado, East Darfur.
Women and children receive medical care at a base of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in Labado, East Darfur. Photo: UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Crisis prevention and recovery is essential to development and is a cornerstone of the work of UNDP. Disasters and violent conflicts are among the two greatest threats to progress in human development in the 21st century. On average, one in three people living in fragile states is undernourished; this proportion is twice as high as in other developing countries. Child mortality is five times that of middle income countries, and almost twice that of low income countries. It is estimated that a civil war costs a low income country an average of about US$ 64 billion. MORE >

Conflict Prevention

Lasting peace requires that key actors have the skills and access to forums and institutions allowing them to cooperate across political or sectarian lines. This is why a large part of UNDP’s work in preventing violent conflict, and its recurrence, involves working with local communities and governments to set up ways for managing disputes through inclusive participation and dialogue. more

Rule of Law, Justice and Security

When all people in a country are not subject to laws that are fair, non-discriminatory and respect human rights; justice, security and stability break down and the delivery of basic social services, such as health and education suffers. Re-establishing the rule of law, justice and security following a conflict or crisis is critical to enabling development and the elimination of poverty. more

Disaster Risk Reduction

In 1998 the UN General Assembly mandated UNDP to assume operational responsibility for natural disaster mitigation, prevention and preparedness. UNDP is present in 166 countries and nowadays employs more than 200 full time practitioners covering all regions with special attention to the 60 highest risk countries. UNDP programme expenditures on DRR average US$ 150 million annually. more

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Projects and Initiatives

Women and girls are uniquely and disproportionately affected by armed conflict and disaster. In post conflict and disaster settings, they often suffer from lack of security and are excluded from decision making and participation in economic, social, and political spheres. National laws and judicial systems also remain discriminatory against them. Crisis could provide an opportunity to break down traditional barriers and roles which often limit women’s contribution to society, and “to build back better” where inequality is not perpetuated. more

Immediate Crisis Response

Humanitarian assistance is the first step in responding to a major crisis, but how a country rebuilds itself afterwards is equally important. UNDP’s Immediate Crisis Response is designed to ensure that the agency which takes the lead in coordinating a country’s recovery from crisis to stability – UNDP – has sufficient staff and resources to carry out this crucial function. more

Livelihoods and Economic Recovery

UNDP works with crisis affected communities, households, ex-combatants and their associated members, internally displaced people, and diverse local and international partners to build capacities for sustainable livelihoods recovery— particularly through improving conditions for employment creation and income earning opportunities. more

Crisis Governance

When communities are given the governance tools to recover quickly, they can re-establish national institutions, restore democratic processes and better deliver essential services; sometimes saving lives. UNDP helps governments in emergency or crisis situations to gain control of the recovery process, re-establish core functions, support peace and reconciliation and manage political transitions, when for example there is a sudden regime change. more