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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

Projects and Initiatives

  • Response to the crisis in South Sudan

    UNDP 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.

  • 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.

  • Ebola response in West Africa

    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.