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Disaster Risk Reduction

About disaster risk reduction

Disasters put hard won development achievements at risk, reversing economic growth and progress towards the elimination of poverty; cause environmental damage; and result in human suffering. Investing in disaster preparedness before a natural hazard occurs reduces the need for humanitarian action. Every dollar spent on preparing for disasters saves around seven dollars in economic losses.

Our Goals

UNDP helps develop the capacity of governments in over 60 countries to respond to disasters and mitigate the risk they pose. UNDP is guiding policy; training communities and first responders; helping planners; and integrating disaster risk reduction strategies into national development plans.

Disaster recovery activities are often an opportunity to integrate improved disaster resilience into communities and build back better. Emergency employment schemes to rebuild a bridge are an opportunity to build something that will resist future earthquakes or floods; debris that is removed can be used to strengthen embankments to prevent landslides or flooding.UNDP spends an average of over US$ 150 million annually to increase resilience to natural hazards.

Our stories

  • Civil protection volunteers in Haiti: Putting others first
    Oct 26, 2016

    Camp Perrin used to be a lush city but after hurricane Matthew hit the country, around 2,300 houses were destroyed and thousands more damaged. Volunteers were the first ones out just a few hours after the catastrophe to help the stranded population.

  • Haïti: raising after the storm
    Oct 9, 2016

    Haiti was hit by a category 4 hurricane on 4 October 2016. UNDP was on the ground to help improve the lives of at least one million people in the aftermath of the disaster.

  • Innovative climate data in Uganda
    Oct 13, 2016

    With the goal of improving the lives and livelihoods of its citizens, the government of Uganda is embarking on an ambitious mission to modernize its weather, water and climate monitoring systems.

  • Haitians recycle rubble into new communities
    Jan 12, 12

    Two years after the devastating earthquake Haitians have recycled over 20 percent of more than half of the total quake rubble removed so far, helping affected communities build new houses or rebuild damaged ones, pave sidewalks and put up more than 2,000 metres of walls and riverbank protection structures to help prevent flooding in the disaster-prone Caribbean country.

  • First mobile phone cash transfer for housing repairs kicks off in Haiti
    Mar 1, 12

    Haiti’s earthquake-affected households started, this week, to receive cash installments through the first ever mobile money transfer mechanism to support post-disaster housing reconstruction. 

Projects and Initiatives

  • Haiti: From recovery to sustainable development

    Since the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010, enormous efforts have been made to help the government achieve its objectives and to improve Haitians’ living conditions.

  • CyclonePam Response
  • Rebuilding Haiti

    Since the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010, enormous efforts have been made to help the government achieve its objectives and to improve Haitians’ living conditions.