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 Darfur

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.   Formore


Supporting recovery and local governance in Somalia

It is early morning and Amina[1] 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 hecmore

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Projects and Initiatives

Ebola Crisis in West Africa

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is rapidly destroying lives, decimating communities, and orphaning children in the affected countries. However, death and suffering are only part of the crisis. If the outbreak is not contained soon, most of the economic and social gains achieved since peace was resmore


Response to the crisis in South Sudan

South Sudan became a nation on 9 July 2011 after a decades-long struggle for independence. However, the widespread optimism that defined the national mood on that day has now vanished. Unresolved political conflicts, ethnic and religious tensions erupted into widespread violence across the country imore


Responding to conflict in the Central African Republic

The sectarian violence that erupted in March 2013 in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the crisis in CAR has led to the displacement of over 438,000 people within the country and forced momore

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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