Immediate Crisis Response - Overview


After severe flooding, a family sits waist-deep in flood water, in front of their home. Photo: UNDP Cambodia

 

UNDP works to help ensure that the humanitarian response to the emergency also contributes to longer-term development objectives and more resilient communities, laying the best possible ground work for development work beyond the immediate emergency; and helping people move from humanitarian dependency to self-sufficiency as soon as possible.UNDP works to help ensure that the humanitarian response to the emergency also contributes to longer-term development objectives and more resilient communities, laying the best possible ground work for development work beyond the immediate emergency; and helping people move from humanitarian dependency to self-sufficiency as soon as possible.

UNDP ensures public services are functioning as early as possible; affected people are given emergency employment, an income, and trained in construction techniques and other skills to start the process of rebuilding infrastructure and removing rubble; and small businesses are given start up grants, financing and other help to keep communities viable and functioning.

UNDP advisors also work with and train local public servants to make sure that the buildings, infrastructure and communities being reconstructed meet a minimal code of disaster resistance, and that where possible, the underlying triggers of a conflict or disaster are addressed.

UNDP’s immediate crisis response package:

Projects and Initiatives

  • Afghan women entrepreneurs expand their marketsAfghan women entrepreneurs expand their marketsJun 2, 2015Through trainings, service packages, and exchanges, UNDP's Gender Equality Project helps women in Afghanistan to learn trades, become entrepreneurs, and develop their businesses.

  • Vanuatu begins rebuilding but faces severe challengesVanuatu begins rebuilding but faces severe challengesApr 14, 2015Descending into Vanuatu’s international airport in Port Vila, I could see the devastation Cyclone Pam caused on March 13, sweeping nearly two dozen islands. What used to be a lush green landscape is washed brown by saltwater, trees are dead and uprooted, and houses have lost their roofs.

  • Ebola response in West AfricaEbola response in West AfricaJun 2, 2015Nearly a year into the Ebola crisis ravaging West Africa, the deadly disease’s knock-on effects are huge. What started as a public health crisis in Guinea on 26 December 2013 degenerated into development crises in the three epicentre countries in less than six months. As of January 2015, there were 20,721 EVD cases in total: 2,775 in Guinea, 8,157 in Liberia, and 9,789 in Sierra Leone.

  • UNDP Supports Vital Payments to Ebola Emergency Response WorkersUNDP Supports Vital Payments to Ebola Emergency Response WorkersMay 27, 2015In the Ebola epicenter countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, UNDP helps more than 100,000 Emergency Response Workers get paid.

  • UNDP launches its regional project “Mosharaka,” focusing for the first time on supporting Arab Women’s Participation in the Public Sphere Apr 6, 2014The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched its new regional project, “Mosharaka” –Arabic for participation. The project galvanizes efforts of government institutions, civil society–especially women-based organizations, human rights councils, the private sector, the League of Arab States and several UN agencies, to foster inclusive participation of Arab women in public life, including the political, economic and social spheres.

  • 2-page summary Ebola Early Recovery and Resilience Support Framework2-page summary Ebola Early Recovery and Resilience Support FrameworkMay 4, 20152-page summary: While supporting ongoing efforts to reach zero cases and GO BEYOND ZERO in the future, UNDP is supporting respective government counterparts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the three most affected countries 'build back better'.