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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Rebuilding war-torn communities in Burundi

The village of Gitukura, in the northern Burundi province of Cibitoke, has experienced firsthand the devastating consequences of two decades of ethnic conflict and civil war. Located on the Rwandan border, its inhabitants, mostly women and children, live in almost complete isolation and deprivation.more

International Forum Calls for Focus on Disaster Recovery

September 10, 2014, Washington D.C. – Globally, natural disasters have caused damages of nearly $4 trillion over the past 30 years—and the frequency and intensity of these powerful storms, droughts and earthquakes continue to rise. Leaders from developing countries, civil society, private sector andmore

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UNDP engages bike riders in campaign against Ebola

Commercial motorbike riders have started an intensive face-to-face awareness raising campaign that seeks to reach between 150,000 and 200,000 people over a two month period in Freetown after receiving training from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) last week in Freetown. The commercial motor-bikemore

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Responding to the crisis in Gaza

By the end of August, more than 475,000 people had been displaced from their homes, unable to return to their destroyed neighbourhoods. The situation in Gaza is unusual as restrictions imposed on the territory’s borders have made it difficult for residents to flee to neighbouring countries. Most of more

Reconciliation as a mechanism for conflict prevention and peacebuilding

Johannesburg, South Africa – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has concluded a three-day expert consultation on “Reconciliation as a mechanism for conflict prevention and peacebuilding”, with discussions focusing on understanding history, timing, collective memories, changing contexts more