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

Helen Clark: Statement to the Ministerial Roundtable “Governing Disaster Risk: Overcoming Challenges”

15 Mar 2015

UNDP considers effective risk governance to be vital for disaster risk reduction. Disaster risk governance is not only about setting up institutions, policies, and legislative frameworks. It is also about how decisions on DRR are made, and ensuring that the hallmarks of good governance – transparenmore

UNDP and Tohoku University launch ‘Global Centre for Disaster Statistics’

15 Mar 2015

Sendai, Japan – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University today launched the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics. The result of a long partnership, the new Centre will help deliver quality, accessible and understamore

Helen Clark: Speech at launch of the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics – A UNDP-Tohoku University Partnership Tohoku University

15 Mar 2015

It is a pleasure to be at this launch of the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics at Tohoku University. UNDP is proud to partner with Tohoku University in this endeavour, and I am pleased to see our partnership continuing to grow. I am also pleased that we are able to have this launch during the homore

Helen Clark: Speech at the Lunch Welcoming the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

14 Mar 2015

I thank Prime Minister Abe, the Government of Japan, and the City of Sendai for their warm welcome and their leadership on disaster risk reduction. The last World Conference on disaster risk reduction convened, in Kobe, Japan, just weeks after the Indian Ocean Tsunami had killed an estimated 230,00more