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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UNDP offers relief as Central America's torrential rains continue

19 Oct 2011

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is providing assistance to those hit by torrential rains that have devastated five Central American countries and Mexico, affected nearly 570,000 people and left more than 80 dead, according to preliminary reports. In Nicaragua, where over 130,000 peopmore

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Top UN aid official calls for scaling up of humanitarian efforts in Philippines

21 Dec 2011

The United Nations relief head called today on countries and international organizations to scale up humanitarian efforts in the Philippines, which was ravaged by a storm last weekend, leaving almost half a million people in need of assistance. “The Government responded quickly to the disaster with more

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UNDP invests in livelihoods to ease tensions in northern Kenya

12 Dec 2011

With the famine in Somalia sparking an increased flow of refugees into neighbouring Kenya, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is scaling up its programmes to help improve the living conditions in the northern part of the country. More than 360,000 refugees from different neighbouring comore

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Yemen takes historic step as millions vote

22 Feb 2012

Sana’a - After months of chaos and the ghost of civil war, Yemen marked a new chapter Tuesday as millions of Yemenis voted to end the turmoil and move towards a new future. The presidential election is the first critical benchmark in a two-year transitional period, and voters turned out in large numore

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Haitian filmmaker shows "Journey of Hope"

21 Feb 2012

“I was shooting my first film ever, standing on top of a house filming kids playing football when the earth started shaking and the house crumbled underneath me,” said 27-year old filmmaker Massena Cesar, recalling that day of profound sorrow when a massive earthquake rocked Haiti, killing over 200,more

UN development chief says conflict often driven by poverty

18 Feb 2012

Agadez - On the last day of her visit to Niger, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark traveled to the ancient city of Agadez where armed rebellions in the 1990s led to a period marked by violence and instability, resulting in increased poverty and vulnerability for the population.  Agadez is also a trmore