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

  • Japan to provide USD 1 million for jumpstarting early recovery in Nepal’s three most Earthquake affected districtsJapan to provide USD 1 million for jumpstarting early recovery in Nepal’s three most Earthquake affected districtsMay 21, 2015The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on have signed an agreement for US$1 million emergency grant in the aftermath of the two devastating Nepal earthquakes to manage debris and create emergency employment through a cash-for-work programme.

  • Clock ticking in Nepal as monsoon closes inClock ticking in Nepal as monsoon closes inMay 20, 2015With the annual monsoon rains a month away, Nepalese commmunities already devastated following two recent major earthquakes are now facing a new challenge – isolation from desperately-needed aid and assistance to restore and rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

  • Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014May 20, 2015This report gives a synopsis of the results achieved in 2014 at the country-level through UNDP implemented programmes, including through the Global Focal Point, in assisting 38 crisis-affected countries to deal with the legacy of violence, increase safety and security for all, build confidence through accessible and effective justice and security institutions, and improve the delivery of justice and security for women.

  • Justice and atoning for Guatemala's pastJustice and atoning for Guatemala's pastMay 19, 2015In Guatemala UNDP support is helping the nation to heal a cruel past, provide reconciliation and justice to the victims of war and prosecute the guilty.

  • Ebola response in West AfricaEbola response in West AfricaMay 15, 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.

  • Clearing the way for development in Lao PDRClearing the way for development in Lao PDRMay 15, 2015The presence of UXO hinders socioeconomic development in Lao PDR, a country that is slowly emerging from Least Developed Country status. In 2010, reducing the impact of UXO became specialized Millennium Development Goal number 9 for Lao PDR.