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Immediate Crisis Response

 Carrying whatever possessions they can, women arrive in a steady trickle at a camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP) established next to a base of the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) near Jowhar. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent clashes between clans, has resulted in over 4,000 IDPs seeking shelter at the camp. Credit: Tobin Jones, UN Photo, November 2013

What is immediate crisis response?

When a conflict or disaster strikes, UNDP works with the UN system as part of the immediate response to the crisis, delivering immediate, effective and coordinated recovery assistance to affected governments and populations. More on UNDP's approach to immediate crisis response here.

 

Our stories

  • Yemen: a nation on the brink of famine
    Apr 19, 2017

    Yemen is considered one of four countries in the world currently facing the threat of famine. Over two years of continuous war have created the conditions for widespread hunger in the country of 27 million. To help Yemenis in need, UNDP partners with sister UN organizations and the World Bank, with additional funding from donors, to help people get back to work and become self-sufficient again.

  • Averting famine
    Apr 21, 2017

    Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing conflict and drought and are now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. Swift delivery of aid, combined with early recovery and emergency development work, can address and prevent famine and ensure durable peace.

  • Fighting malaria
    Apr 21, 2017

    13 million vulnerable people in some of the hardest to reach regions of Chad will soon be reached with insecticide treated bednets. As World Malaria Day 2017 approaches, UNDP and the Global Fund are stepping up the fight ahead of the rainy season.

  • Resilience despite of the losses in Syria
    Feb 6, 2017

    Six years into the crisis in Syria, during which many lives have changed and many families have faced displacement, hunger, and fear. Despite his young age, Motasem has experienced very harsh conditions that left him with great responsibilities. His losses went far beyond the death of his father and brother. It was the loss of life as he knew it now that he should learn how to live with one arm and one leg.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Averting famine

    Four countries—Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northern Nigeria—are facing conflict and drought and now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II.

  • Supporting recovery after earthquake in Nepal

    On 25 April 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and northern India. More than 15 powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal within 24-hours of the initial impact. UNDP provided support aimed at debris removal and bolstered the capacity of local bodies in an effort to aid both search and rescue and early recovery.

  • Responding to the crisis in Yemen

    Already one of the poorest countries in the Arab region, Yemen’s situation worsened considerably amid escalating armed conflict in 2015. We are helping people get back to work so they can become self-sufficient again, helping restore basic services such as health care, and contributing to peace-building.