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 begins removing rubble in the Gaza Strip

09 Jul 2009

Rubble removal will boost Gazan economyPhoto: UNDPGaza City - Contractors working for the United Nations today began clearing around 420,000 tonnes of rubble in Gaza caused by Israeli military operations earlier this year.UNDP estimates that 15,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed during three wemore

Displaced people in DRC to benefit from social and economic services

14 Jul 2009

Walungu/Kinshasa - About 125,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the South Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will benefit from a joint UN social and economic recovery programme over the next 18 months. The province has served as refuge to more than 150,000 displaced personmore

UNDP boosts recovery in earthquake-hit Padang

04 Nov 2009

• More heavy equipment arrives this week to help demolish dangerous buildings and remove more of the 1.5 million cubic meters of earthquake rubble• Experts in planning, mapping, coordination to start work alongside regional and local governments to reduce the impact of future earthquakesmore

UNDP team visits Tsunami-ravaged Tonga

07 Oct 2009

Nukualofa – Two senior officials of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are undertaking a mission to the island kingdom of Tonga this week, in the follow up to the tsunami disaster.UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Knut Ostby, is in Nukualofa, accompanying tmore

UNDP presents the Report on Human Development in Central America

20 Oct 2009

Central America: Respect of rule of law is most effective remedy against violence San Salvador — No strong-arm tactics, but no soft touch either. Remedies for the heightened levels of insecurity in the region involve the application of "smart authority" within the context of respect more

UN's response to help countries battered by disasters across Asia

05 Oct 2009

Bangkok — UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark said today that in reaction to the widespread disasters that struck Asia and the Pacific last week, the United Nations is responding with rapid support teams in Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Samoa and Tongamore