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.
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.
Yusra, a young woman from East Darfur, had always wanted to work with her community to help people improve their lives. “Because of the conflict, we have so many problems such as poverty, low-income and lack of quality education. I didn’t know how and where I could start,” she says. For more
It is early morning and Amina has another busy day ahead. The mother of two must get her children off to school and finish some housekeeping before she can attend to her small business, selling second-hand clothes and household supplies beside her corrugated-iron-roofed house. In spite of her hec more
Nearly 1.7 million Liberians, almost half of them women, had a chance to vote in the October 11th elections in 2011, the first organized nationally since the end of the country’s civil conflict in 2003. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) worked with UN and other partners to support Libe more
Projects and Initiatives
Fighting that broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has now killed or wounded thousands, displaced an estimated 800,000 people from their homes and destroyed livelihoods, businesses and farms. Food scarcity is threatening the lives of close to 4 million people and the conflict has affected t more
The sectarian violence in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. It is estimated that 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid and 1.1 million are facing food shortages. In Bangui, 1,000 people were killed at the beginning of December alone. Fighti more
Montenegro’s Boka Bay is a place of striking beauty. Only a few years ago, this unique place faced a dire threat : 128 tonnes of toxic fuel, once destined to propel anti-ship rockets, was stored on the shore at risk of leaking from outdated storage tanks. “My family, friends and neighbours were all more
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.
Key Crisis Governance PublicationsView More
- 18 Sep 2012: Inclusive social contract is key to creating lasting systems in crisis, post-crisis countries, UNDP expert says
- 03 Feb 2012: South Sudan: UNDP Board approves first ever country programme for new state
- 12 Jan 2012: Strong institutions, inclusive processes crucial for peace in crisis-affected countries