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

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New nets help fishermen in Gaza become self-reliant

By Dania Darwish The Swedish Village, a remote village of fishermen in the far south of the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory, is home to some 95 households living under extreme poverty. Visitors to the Village – built by the Swedish Government in the 1960s – can immediately see the pmore

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Playing soccer for peace in Colombia

Only eleven, Kevin Dagua is quite familiar with war. At the slightest sound of gunfire, he and his family run for shelter. Kevin lives in the northern part of the Cauca department in Colombia, one of the areas hit hardest by the dispute between armed groups, including the FARC and the Colombian Armymore

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Famine spreads to more areas in southern Somalia

09 Aug 2011

Nairobi - Three new areas in southern Somalia have deteriorated into a famine situation. These are parts of Middle Shabelle region, the Afgooye Corridor settlements home to roughly 400,000 displaced people since 2007, and parts of Mogadishu which are hosting displaced populations. This follows a decmore

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UNDP continues support as new floods uproot Pakistan's south

19 Sep 2011

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced plans to step up efforts for those among 5.4 million people in Pakistan being hit by large scale floods for a second consecutive year. Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan’s southern provinces of Sindh and Balochistan have so far destroyed onmore

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Disaster-Conflict Interface: One Abets the Other, but 'Governance is a Key Enabler'

12 Sep 2011

GENEVA—Disasters and conflicts frequently occur together, often devastating countries that are least able to sustain them, but good governance can speed recovery and lessen the likelihood of recurrence, according to a new UNDP study. “In most instances, the disaster-conflict interface increased themore

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UNDP Welcomes Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

12 Sep 2011

Beirut—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commended the Government of Lebanon on the opening day of a landmark meeting on cluster munitions for its leadership role to advance this important agenda. On 12 September 2011 in Beirut, States parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions gavmore