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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A new road connects communities in Myanmar

Villagers in the northern state of Kachin in Myanmar used to be stuck home for months when the monsoon season started.  “In past rainy seasons, the road which runs through our village got very boggy. Students and travelers from our village found it difficult to get to school and to work,” says more

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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

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Lebanon: Reviving markets and stimulating the local economy

“We used to sit on rocks and walk in mud during winter season. But now the road is paved, so the market is accessible and clean.” For Amira Bou Zeid, a Lebanese citizen from the country’s Bekaa Valley region, the renovation of her local market through a UNDP project funded by the United Nations Highmore

Projects and Initiatives

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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

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Response to the crisis in South Sudan

South Sudan became a nation on 9 July 2011 after a decades-long struggle for independence. However, the widespread optimism that defined the national mood on that day has now vanished. Unresolved political conflicts, ethnic and religious tensions erupted into widespread violence across the country imore

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Responding to conflict in the Central African Republic

The sectarian violence in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. It is estimated that 3 million, about half of the population, need urgent humanitarian assistance. 5,204 civilians have been killed since sectarian violence erupted after rebels overthrew the Government imore

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.