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

  • Getting back on track in IraqMar 23, 2016Getting back on track in IraqA small cake factory provides skills training and an economic lifeline for displaced Yazidi women

  • Creating Afghanistan's next generation of entrepreneurs -- womenMay 28, 2015Creating Afghanistan's next generation of entrepreneurs -- womenThrough trainings, service packages, and exchanges, UNDP's Gender Equality Project helps women in Afghanistan to learn trades, become entrepreneurs, and develop their businesses.

  • Tackling the deadly legacy of war in Lao PDRJan 13, 2016Tackling the deadly legacy of war in Lao PDRRice planting season is a nerve-wracking time for 49 year-old farmer Vongphone of Xieng Khouang province, in northern Lao. He was disabled several years ago when he accidentally set off an unexploded cluster bomb.

Projects and Initiatives

  • 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 typhoons in the PhilippinesResponding to typhoons in the PhilippinesSince the India Ocean Tsunami of 2004 to Typhoon Haiyan in December 2013, UNDP has promoted many types of disaster risk management policies and practices in the Philippines and across the Asia-Pacific region

  • 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.

Publications
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.