Crisis Governance

Matiop, a South Sudanese refugee, has been taking care of 15 family members, from a toddler to his 95-year-old mother, after leaving South Sudan for a refugee camp in Uganda. He is pictured carefully handing his young daughter to passengers on a truck that will take them on a one-hour journey away from the South Sudan-Ugandan border to the refugee transit centre. Credit: F. Noy, UNHCR

Over 1.7 billion people live in a place affected by war, violence, or disasters caused by natural hazards. Constant political, social and economic turmoil destroys communities, imposes economic burdens on countries that can ill afford them and extinguishes any hope of eliminating poverty for millions of people. 

When communities are given the governance tools to recover quickly however, they can re-establish national institutions, restore democratic processes and better deliver essential services; saving lives.

UNDP helps governments in fragile settings to gain control of the recovery process, re-establish core functions, support peace and reconciliation and manage political transitions. Bridging volatile transitions requires budgetary and operational support, rehabilitation of essential infrastructure, urgently needed public services, and institutional capacity-building.

Our Goals

In crisis affected countries, UNDP seeks to restore state functions and inclusive political process, rebuilding trust between state and its citizens. This is done in a manner that promotes political dialogue and helps government institutions to be more transparent, accountable, responsive to their citizens, and respectful of human rights. UNDP helps governments and citizens to get back on their feet so that recovery process can begin, as quickly as possible.

Our focus areas

UNDP supports 21 conflict and disaster prone countries in Arab-states, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America and Caribbean regions by providing technical assistance, seed funding, budgetary and operational support to:

  • Construct responsive institutions that build on available capacities to deliver essential functions and enable minimum standards of service delivery.
  • Promote inclusive political processes and facilitate state-society dialogue through institutions of political governance.
  • Foster resilient societies by mobilizing local capacities to adapt and cope with stress and crisis.
  • Strengthen partnerships for a coherent, system-wide approach to support of national governance institutions and capacities, based upon improved partnerships within the UN family, and between national and international actors.

Our stories

  • Sudan: Youth volunteers train for a better future for DarfurDec 4, 2013Sudan: Youth volunteers train for a better future for DarfurA project in Sudan trains individual volunteers to build up skills and in turn develop the capacity of their communities.

  • Supporting recovery and local governance in SomaliaMar 3, 2014Supporting recovery and local governance in Somalia

Projects and Initiatives

  • Ebola response in West AfricaEbola response in West AfricaNearly a year into the Ebola crisis ravaging West Africa, the deadly disease’s knock-on effects are huge. What started as a public health crisis in Guinea on 26 December 2013 degenerated into development crises in the three epicentre countries in less than six months. As of January 2015, there were 20,721 EVD cases in total: 2,775 in Guinea, 8,157 in Liberia, and 9,789 in Sierra Leone.

  • Responding to the crisis in CARResponding to the crisis in CARUNDP supports the stabilization of the Central African Republic through the phased implementation of community security, livelihoods, social cohesion, and reconciliation initiatives.

  • Response to the crisis in South SudanResponse to the crisis in South SudanUNDP in South Sudan continues to operate in spite of the current crisis, supporting national, state and local governments to deliver development services, as well as community security and stabilization for at-risk communities.

Did you Know?

Fragile states today house the majority of the world’s poor and are furthest away from reaching the MDGs by 2015. In fact, not a single fragile or conflict-affected country is currently on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

Strengthening the social contract, the dynamic agreement between states and societies on their mutual roles and responsibilities and the level of trust in state society relations, is at the heart of the governance agenda in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

The g7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected countries agreed to focus on five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals as important foundations to enable progress towards the MDGs.


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