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

  • We are racing against the clock, torrential rains and new earthquakesWe are racing against the clock, torrential rains and new earthquakesMay 21, 2015The truth is I didn’t know what time it was.<BR><BR> I was with a team of engineers working with families from the Sindhupalchock district, a rural area in the centre of Nepal where barely a small house was left standing. As fate would have it, we were delayed by a few minutes. The new earthquake caught us on the road and fortunately there were no victims.

  • Helen Clark: Remarks at the UNDP Annual Meeting on the Rule of Law in Crisis and Fragile SituationsHelen Clark: Remarks at the UNDP Annual Meeting on the Rule of Law in Crisis and Fragile SituationsMay 28, 2015Administrator Helen Clark addresses the 2015 UNDP Annual Meeting on the Rule of Law in Crisis and Fragile Situations.

  • Women Still Earn 24 Percent Less Than Men, 20 Years On  Women Still Earn 24 Percent Less Than Men, 20 Years On May 6, 2015UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called 2015 a “new opportunity” to achieve gender equality as she kicked off a three-day global meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark conference on women that enshrined the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

  • Seeing disaster risk first hand in NepalSeeing disaster risk first hand in NepalMay 12, 2015On the morning of Saturday, 25 April I was at a restaurant in Kathmandu when I felt a mild vibration of the floor similar to the one felt by the movement of a heavy vehicle. Before I could make out what it was, the vibrations became intense and the waiter just ran out.<br><br>All of this happened in a very short time, without any early warning.

  • 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.

  • Ebola response in West AfricaEbola response in West AfricaMay 27, 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.