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

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  • Defending the Orontes: A community effort to restore a city lifelineNov 3, 2015Defending the Orontes: A community effort to restore a city lifelineA resilience project in Syria has put together a 40-member team to clean up the Orontes, picking up garbage along the river banks and surrounding gardens and replanting trees and agricultural crops where possible.

  • The resilient women of Syria Dec 23, 2015The resilient women of SyriaAs part of its Early Recovery and Resilience Programme in Syria, UNDP supports an initiative to provide job opportunities in the field of plumbing to a number of IDPs and host community members in Tartous.

  • With a little help, businesses thrive after EbolaJul 8, 2015With a little help, businesses thrive after EbolaThe Ebola crisis has reversed economic gains in Sierra Leone. A UNDP entrepreneurship support project is helping to restore and strengthen livelihoods.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Responding to crisis in SyriaResponding to crisis in SyriaFive 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 PhilippinesSince 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

  • UNDP responds to the Horn of Africa crisisUNDP responds to the Horn of Africa crisisThe 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.