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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Fleeing Central African Republic, Chadians struggle to rebuild lives

Thirty-nine-year-old Aziza Galmi knows little about Chad, her country of citizenship. Her parents migrated to the Central African Republic decades ago, where she was born, and where used to call the capital, Bangui, her home. But now, with a violent conflict raging since December, she and tens of th more

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Lebanon: Hygiene kits improve living conditions for Syrian refugees

A Palestinian refugee from Syria and mother of two children, Rim investigates the contents of a large, blue pail with the UNDP logo on the side. “These simple items can be lifesaving,” she says, pulling out a flashlight, band-aids, a heard scarf, underwear and other items for personal hygiene. Rim more

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UNDP promotes peace in Kyrgyzstan

Uzgen, Kyrgyzstan: In a region beset with inter-ethnic violence, a UNDP supported scheme is training media, promoting conflict resolution and even fostering cross cultural friendships to strengthen peace.     Three elderly women sit in the sun talking and sipping tea. They have been g more

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Ghana: New wells bring peace

Instead of going to school, Fatimata Seidu, a 12-year-old girl from Changli in northern Ghana, used to spend long hours fetching water for her family. With only one deep well for a community of 10,500 inhabitants, heated disputes over water sent many children, including Fatimata, on long treks in se more

Projects and Initiatives

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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 2.2 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 alone. Fighti more

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Responding to the crisis in Syria

Four years into the conflict in Syria, the fighting has now drastically rolled back the region’s human development achievements perhaps by decades. As well as killing more than 120,000 people and displacing 6.5 million, the crisis has caused rampant unemployment and left more than 50 percent of the more

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Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Locally known as Yolanda, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar province. With record winds and sea surges, the storm caused massive damage and casualties in 9 regions of the Philippines, affecting almost 15 million people and displacing 4 million. In the imm more