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

Mobile one-stop shops help recover lost IDs in Pakistan

Women line up to receive free legal services including IDs in mobile one-stop shops. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “I feel that I lost evidence of my existence as my house collapsed. I had to re-establish my identity.” Gul Pari, a 30-year-old single mother of five in the district of Nowshera, Khybemore

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Women in southern Punjab earn income and take lead

“Our village was in utter destruction with dead animals and rubble scattered all over. UNDP encouraged us to take the lead and now we’ve cleaned all the fields and most of our houses. With the money I earned, I plan to buy goats to invest in a future for my family.” - Kaneez Bibi of Muzaffargarh’s more

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One year after floods hit Pakistan, town gets a new face

The population of Khairpur Nathan Shah, a town of some 200,000 in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, has started to recover from large-scale floods one year ago that inundated their streets and sanitation systems with debris and other hazardous waste. Farmers and small business owners were among tmore

United Nations to scale-up relief for East Africa drought

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called for an urgent scale-up in assistance for the millions affected by drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda. “The biggest concern right now is that people are dying,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “We nemore

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South Sudanese women break justice barriers

Poverty, limited access to basic services, low education and literacy levels - just a few of the barriers to legal and human rights faced by women of Western Equatoria state in South Sudan. Following support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), major steps are being taken to addressmore

UNDP office receives award for role in rebuilding Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States Committee for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) today presented its annual Julia V. Taft Award to UNDP’s Afghanistan-based office for its exceptional work in helping the country to reconcile and rebuild after decades of conflict. “UNDP’s Country Officemore