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.

 

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Afghanistan: Women gain access to clean water

Until recently, women in the village of Jukna, in the remote province of Badghis in western Afghanistan, used to walk four kilometres a day to collect drinking water for their families. And even then, the scarce, brackish water was often a health hazard. “The women used to collect water from uncovermore

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As the waters recede, much work still to be done in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Heavy rainfall in May 2014 flooded entire neighbourhoods and communities in Doboj, a town of 75,000 in north Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even today, many residents are still suffering. “The water destroyed my field that I planted with corn, wheat, and barley," says Radenko Gojkovic, a local farmer.more

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Quake awareness in Uzbekistan given a shake-up

Like many of his neighbours in Uzbekistan’s capital of Tashkent, Abdugani Rakhimov has a clear memory of the 1966 earthquake that destroyed more than 78,000 homes and left 300,000 citizens homeless:  “It was the sound of shaking windows that woke us up. We realised it was an earthquake and ran more

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Healing and hope for victims of sexual violence

Like many other survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during Croatia's violent conflict between 1991 and 1995, Ana has been struggling to deal with her traumatic experience for more than 20 years. "I used to feel so powerless," says the unemployed widow, now in her mid-fifties. In more

Projects and Initiatives

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Floods in Pakistan

After three months of severe flooding across the country, a UNDP SURGE planning team was deployed to assist the UNDP Pakistan country office to realign its programmes to address emerging and urgent priorities, such as helping affected communities recover from the disaster. To help with the rollout omore

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Responding to conflict in the Central African Republic

The sectarian violence in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. It is estimated that 2.5 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid and 1.1 million are facing food shortages. In Bangui, 1,000 people were killed at the beginning of December 2013 alone. Fmore

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Responding to the crisis in Syria

Four years into the conflict in Syria, close to 60 percent of the population is either internally displaced or has fled the country. The fighting has now drastically rolled back the region’s human development achievements —perhaps by decades. In addition to killing more than 120,000 people and dispmore