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

  • Bamboo keeps villagers dry in NepalBamboo keeps villagers dry in NepalApr 22, 2015A UNDP-supported scheme is helping the government mitigate floods and landslides, which account for over three quarters of economic loss caused by disasters in the country.

  • Helping young Yemenis to fight unemploymentHelping young Yemenis to fight unemploymentApr 21, 2015An innovative UNDP programme is helping young people to save money and start small businesses, while meeting their immediate needs and reducing the odds of a return to violence.

  • El Salvador: Sowing the seeds of peace El Salvador: Sowing the seeds of peace Apr 8, 2015A UNDP project is engaging at-risk young people in activities such as gardening to help them earn a living and stay away from violent gangs.

  • DRC: Nobody is above the law, not even the militaryDRC: Nobody is above the law, not even the militaryApr 7, 2015In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNDP is helping the armed forces to develop a system of military justice that is fair, balanced and importantly, is helping victims of violence to seek closure.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Floods in PakistanFloods in PakistanJun 11, 2014

  • Responding to crisis in SyriaResponding to crisis in SyriaMar 30, 2015Five years into the conflict in Syria, 75 % of the population is living in poverty, while millions of Syrians continue seek refuge in neighboring countries.

  • Responding to typhoons in the PhilippinesResponding to typhoons in the PhilippinesFeb 25, 2015Since the India Ocean Tsunami of 2004 to Typhoon Haiyan in December 2013, UNDP has promoted many types of disaster risk management policies and practices in the Philippines and across the Asia-Pacific region