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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Sierra Leone: Saturday courts tackle gender-based violence

07 Mar 2012

Freetown, Sierra Leone – Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog. In the year since their inception in February 2011 the Saturday courts hmore

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Afghanistan: UNDP highlights success stories in newly launched annual report

27 Jun 2012

Kabul - Despite being confronted with major security challenges and a fragile political environment in Afghanistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) remains committed to improving the lives of Afghans, many still suffering following decades of war, recurrent natural disasters and a continuing cycmore

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$1.6 billion needed to help 18.7 million crisis-affected people in Sahel

19 Jun 2012

Geneva -The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched new and updated humanitarian appeals for the crisis-stricken Sahel region of West Africa. The combined request for the region now amounts to US$1.6 billion for food, nutrition, health services, sanitation and other urgent assistancemore

Thailand: Helping build more resilient communities

15 Jun 2012

BANGKOK – A new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) documentary released today demonstrates how a unique approach to community security and social cohesion led to more resilient communities in Northern Thailand. The film documents the work of a UNDP project in Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s pooremore

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Temporary employment boosts early recovery from Fiji floods

19 Apr 2012

Suva, Fiji - Market vendors whose livelihoods have been washed away by the floods in Fiji earlier this month will be employed in a special “cash-for-work” scheme starting this week. The temporary employment programme will initially support 260 flood affected in Fiji—70 percent of them women—hiring more

UN hosts the world premiere of ‘One Day on Earth’

19 Apr 2012

On 22 April 2012 – Earth Day - the feature length documentary film produced by One Day on Earth will be screened on the same day in over 170 countries worldwide, in collaboration with over 80 UNDP Country Offices. On the same day the New York world premiere will take place in the UN General Assembmore