UNDP Around the world

Emergency Employment

 Youth in Burao, Somaliland, working on reconstruction of community infrastructures, supported by UNDP’s Youth for Change programme, which, in partnership with UNICEF and ILO, aims to empower youth through training and employment to and steer them away from criminal activities, such as piracy, human trafficking and armed violence.Photo: Alistair Lyne, UNDP Somalia

UNDP helps people recover quickly from crisis by generating livelihoods and economic opportunities, creating emergency jobs and employment in viable enterprises or self-employment, with a special focus on youth, women's groups and internally displaced persons. At the same time we work closely with local governments and institutions to increase their capacity to create jobs and contribute to inclusive economic growth.

Our Goals

We aim to create jobs and employment, revitalize the economy, rehabilitate post crisis infrastructure and reintegrate internally displaced persons in their areas of return early on in post crisis.  Through our programmes and advisory services we seek to achieve transformational results by having wider impact on community lives, services that are pilotable in similar circumstances and in the long term influence policy at local and national levels.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Rebuilding Livelihoods in Liberia

    Martha lost her husband during the civil war that tore Liberia apart and left 75 percent of the population in extreme poverty. A mother of two, Martha did not have any formal training. She could not send her children to school as she was not able to pay their school fees.more 

  • In 2005 Hurricane Wilma tore across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, claiming thousands of hectares of tropical rainforest along with many fishing vessels. Marivel, a 38-year-old local fisherwoman of Mayan descent, says that her boat was among 350 destroyed in the town of Solferino, north of Cancun.more 

  • The harsh winter is over, but the devastation continues throughout Mongolia. People and animals are starving and exhausted. More than 8 million livestock have perished nationwide, and their rotting carcasses litter the countryside.more