Livelihoods and Economic Recovery

UNDP works with crisis affected communities, households, ex-combatants and their associated members, internally displaced people, and diverse local and international partners to build capacities for sustainable livelihoods recovery— particularly through improving conditions for employment creation and income earning opportunities.

Our Goals

We aim to reinforce UNDP’s work on livelihoods and economic recovery in crisis and post crisis situations by adopting a more integrated approach to livelihood recovery, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, and mine action. Our work starts early in crisis and post crisis environments, and provides peace dividends and recovery results early on.  It enhances security and aims to quickly create the foundation for long term recovery and development. While in the short term we aim to stabilize crisis affected people’s livelihoods, in the long term we enable inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in crisis and post crisis countries.  MORE >

Our Focus

Our stories

  • The resilient women of Syria Dec 23, 2015The resilient women of SyriaAs part of its Early Recovery and Resilience Programme in Syria, UNDP supports an initiative to provide job opportunities in the field of plumbing to a number of IDPs and host community members in Tartous.

  •   Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in IraqJun 19, 2015Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in IraqCash-for-work programs in Iraq benefit both refugees and internally displaced Iraqis to rebuild their livelihood and feel ownership over their lives.

  • Bee-keeping – Good for families, good for communities, good for the environmentDec 10, 2014Bee-keeping – Good for families, good for communities, good for the environment

Projects and Initiatives

  • Livelihoods stabilization and economic recovery through green jobsDec 17, 2013Livelihoods stabilization and economic recovery through green jobsThe programme aims to catalyze livelihoods and economic recovery through community-based investment in green jobs and sustainable energy for 56,000 people.

  • Gaza: UNDP's responseGaza: UNDP's responseUNDP is working with humanitarian agencies, national and international partners to urgently address these issues and help Gaza rebuild and recover.

  • Responding to the crisis in CARResponding to the crisis in CARUNDP supports the stabilization of the Central African Republic through the phased implementation of community security, livelihoods, social cohesion, and reconciliation initiatives.

Did you know?
  • In 2012, UNDP provided viable job opportunities to nearly 14,000
    ex-combatants and their associates in Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Indonesia, Somalia, Nepal, Sudan, and South Sudan.
  • In Haiti we created about 12 million workdays for earthquake affected people.
  • In other countries such as Uganda, Myanmar, Palestine, Nepal, Kenya altogether over 24,000 disaster and conflict affected people were helped to set up micro and small enterprises, through provision of start-up grants/packages and microcredit.