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

  • Haitians recycle rubble into new communitiesJan 12, 12Haitians recycle rubble into new communitiesTwo 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 HaitiMar 1, 12First mobile phone cash transfer for housing repairs kicks off in HaitiHaiti’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. 

  • In Bangladesh, radio saves the dayJun 19, 2015In Bangladesh, radio saves the dayThrough capacity building and training, UNDP has helped foster the role of community radio and its role in early warning systems.

  • Medicinal plants empower women and save oases in MoroccoJun 17, 2015Medicinal plants empower women and save oases in MoroccoA pilot project for women's empowerment helps them to cope with the impacts of climate change in the oases.

  • Managing droughts and floods in Azerbaijan Nov 26, 2014Managing droughts and floods in AzerbaijanReducing the vulnerability of mountain communities in Azerbaijan requires improved management of water resources and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

Projects and Initiatives

Thematic Briefs