Conflict Prevention


Lasting peace requires that key actors have the skills and access to forums and institutions allowing them to cooperate across political or sectarian lines. This is why a  large part of UNDP’s work in preventing violent conflict, and its recurrence, involves working with local communities and governments to set up ways for managing disputes through inclusive participation and dialogue.

By supporting national dialogue processes, local peace committees, and confidence-building activities between people and communities, UNDP contributes to reaching consensus on sensitive issues, mitigating ongoing tensions and fostering breakthroughs in political deadlocks at the national and local levels. UNDP also works to prevent electoral violence and strengthen foundations for more resilient societies.

UNDP’s activities complement the diplomatic efforts at the political high-level made by other members of the UN System. By strengthening national and local conflict management capabilities, the results of official preventive diplomacy are deepened and sustained at the community and civil society levels.

Our Goal

UNDP’s work in conflict prevention is focused on supporting national and local institutions and leadership in their efforts to prevent violence, manage conflicts constructively, and engage peacefully in political transitions and rapid change processes.

Our stories

  • Economic empowerment puts youth in driver’s seatApr 4, 2016Economic empowerment puts youth in driver’s seatFor Mohammed Alshouthmi and other participants in the cash-for-work programme in Yemen, emergency jobs offer respite, allowing families to address urgent needs.

  • Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflictAug 16, 2015Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflict“Shatila: The Meeting Point” festival was organized with the support of the UNDP Peace Building in Lebanon project, which aims to reinforce stability and social cohesion by addressing the root causes of conflict.

  • A safe home and a sense of normalcy for displaced families in UkraineJun 19, 2015A safe home and a sense of normalcy for displaced families in UkraineUNDP works with the Government, donors and civil society partners to provide comprehensive support and early recovery programmes for those displaced my the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

  •   Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in IraqJun 19, 2015Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in IraqCash-for-work programs in Iraq benefit both refugees and internally displaced Iraqis to rebuild their livelihood and feel ownership over their lives.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Responding to the crisis in YemenResponding to the crisis in YemenUNDP is currently working with local and international partners to establish an Early Recovery Programme in Yemen, which will reduce development vulnerability and promote resilience.

  • Ebola response in West AfricaEbola response in West AfricaNearly a year into the Ebola crisis ravaging West Africa, the deadly disease’s knock-on effects are huge. 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. As of January 2015, there were 20,721 EVD cases in total: 2,775 in Guinea, 8,157 in Liberia, and 9,789 in Sierra Leone.

  • Ebola response in West AfricaEbola response in West Africa