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

  • Indonesia: Fighting for Social Justice Indonesia: Fighting for Social Justice Oct 1, 2014Three years ago, Indonesian housewife Ibu Odah had little knowledge of legal affairs. Now, the mother of two is at the forefront of a legal fight against domestic violence in the remote island of Ternate, in the North Moluccas province of Indonesia.

  • Bottom up disaster risk reduction in KazakhstanBottom up disaster risk reduction in KazakhstanFeb 26, 2015More than 4,000 students in 15 schools in the Semey region have completed training on how to react during disasters.

  • Together Sri Lankan communities build back with resilienceTogether Sri Lankan communities build back with resilienceMar 13, 2015As Komari and other villages recovered from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, it became clear that schools would need to be made more resilient so that they could provide shelter for community members displaced by disasters.

  • Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflictArt serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflictAug 20, 2015“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.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Responding to the crisis in CARResponding to the crisis in CAROct 1, 2015UNDP supports the stabilization of the Central African Republic through the phased implementation of community security, livelihoods, social cohesion, and reconciliation initiatives.

  • UNDP responds to the Horn of Africa crisisUNDP responds to the Horn of Africa crisisSep 17, 2015The Match Against Poverty on 13 December will raise proceeds for the Horn of Africa, where more than 13 million people have been left in need by famine, drought, conflict and high food prices. UNDP is also accepting online donations to provide rapid response and relief to victims.

  • Responding to typhoons in the PhilippinesResponding to typhoons in the PhilippinesSep 17, 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