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

UNDP helps pay 16,000 health workers fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone by mobile phone

23 Dec 2014

  New York - With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 16,000 nurses on the frontline in the fight against Ebola are receiving hazard pay through their mobile phones. Workers receive text messages with security codes and information on nearby kiosks to pick up the extra more

Sierra Leone, UNDP begin eco-friendly disposal of Ebola medical waste

22 Dec 2014

New York  – With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Sierra Leone has begun to use new, environmentally-friendly sterilizing equipment to help dispose of the vast amounts of contaminated protective equipment and infectious wastmore

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Mobile money for 16,000 Ebola workers

19 Dec 2014

Marion Sesay gossiped with her two work colleagues while they waited in the shade of a local money handler for their names to be called. She and her friends, nurses at a nearby hospital, are entitled to hazard pay, an extra bit of money every two weeks to offset the risk of working in health care dmore

Private companies join UNDP’s effort against Ebola

18 Dec 2014

New York -- Private sector organizations have stepped up their support to UNDP’s Ebola response, donating equipment and delivering services that will both benefit communities immediately and serve them long after the epidemic has ended. “Businesses are now helping us fight Ebola with unprecedented more

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New UN appeal for Syria looks beyond humanitarian response

18 Dec 2014

Berlin – The dramatic economic and social consequences of the Syria crisis on that country and its neighbors demands not only a well-funded regional humanitarian and development response, said UNDP Associate Administrator Gina Casar today in Berlin as she launched a new regional appeal for Syria andmore