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

Pakistan: Floods cause enormous damage and human need

13 Aug 2010

Efforts to assess the full scale and extent of humanitarian need in Pakistan continue this weekend after two weeks of heavy rain and floods left more than 1,300 people dead and 14 million affected. As specialists in vulnerability assessment are dispatched to some of the worst hit and inaccessibmore

Kuwait contributes US$1 million to United Nations' work in Haiti

25 Aug 2010

Funds will support UNDP rubble removal and job creation projects New York – The Government of Kuwait has contributed US$1 million to support the work of the United Nations in the Haiti post-earthquake recovery process. The money will go toward UNDP’s livelihood programme, specificallymore

UNDP Administrator statement on the earthquake in Haiti

13 Jan 2010

All of us at UNDP are deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti yesterday afternoon.  The full extent of the casualties and damage is still unknown, but reports indicate they will likely be high.   This is a humanitarian emergency whicmore

Interview with Kim Bolduc, the Head of UNDP in Haiti

19 Jan 2010

Kim Bolduc was appointed the Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in November 2009. Q: What is the main priority for Haiti today? Kim Bolduc: Every day more

Helen Clark: Statement on International Human Rights Day

10 Dec 2009

One of the founding principles of the United Nations is our faith in the dignity and worth of every person, without distinction on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, religion, property, birth or other status. Today, however, on International Human Rights Day, we are reminded that discmore

UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery Strategic Review

02 Sep 2010

Remarks by Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate AdminsitratorThursday, 2 September 2010, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.Distinguished Delegates,Ladies and Gentlemen,I am pleased to be here today to introduce this session on the ongoing realignment of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.  UNDP is kemore