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

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Women in Guinea-Bissau take lead in demining

“In my job, men have no objections to women making the decisions ,” says Sona Nadian, 37, from Bissau. “That should be the case in any field of work, but when it comes to mine-clearing, it isn’t necessarily obvious,” she adds with pride and amusement. Sona and her female co-workers – Julieta, Nesia,more

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China: Building back better and greener

Before the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in southwestern China on 12 May 2008, 62-year-old Qing Liehua’s main source of income and food for his family was chicken farming. After the earthquake destroyed his home in Qinghe Village, Sichuan Province, however, he lost everything, including his chickemore

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Haitian women rebuild their lives one brick at a time

The main driving force for earthquake-damaged house rebuilding in Haiti is not the government, the private sector, NGOs or international organizations. Families and communities have been playing a vital role, taking the task to build back a more resilient country into their own hands—especially womemore

Projects and Initiatives

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Municipalities cooperate to deliver better services

Accurate maps to guide fire fighters, better roads and water systems, training for teachers of special needs children - these are among the many public services that smaller municipalities in the former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia can now offer their citizens. As part of a UNDP-supported prmore

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Kenya: Working to rebuild lives after post-election violence

More than 12,000 people are back on their feet, earning incomes from selling farm produce and small businesses, as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 post-election violence. Over the past few years, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working with communimore

Publications
  • Nepal: Human Stories from the Field English
  • How to Guide – Monitoring and Evaluation for DDR Programmes English
  • Update: UN Interagency Rehabilitation Programme English
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.