Crisis Prevention & Recovery

Building resilience to conflicts and disasters is at the very heart of UNDP's work. UNDP helps countries prevent armed conflict, alleviate the risk and effects of disasters from natural hazards and build back better and stronger when crises happen. When a crisis strikes, UNDP ensures that while the humanitarian response focuses on the immediate lifesaving needs of a population, those responsible also work towards longer-term development objectives. This approach is called early recovery.

Our Goal

We help more than 80 countries to strengthen development gains in post-crisis countries by helping governments respond to disasters and mitigate the risk they pose; addressing the underlying causes of violence; reinforcing governance and the rule of law; supporting livelihoods; and by using short-term employment schemes that allow local people to rebuild critical infrastructure following disaster.

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Facts and figures

In 2013, UNDP was active in 117 countries – assisting households, communities and governments to prevent crises and respond to disasters and conflicts.

In Sudan, for example, UNDP helped approximately 60,000 people to grow and process hibiscus flowers, ground nuts, honey, and animal hides. More

Our stories

Projects and Initiatives

GAZA

Responding to the crisis in Gaza

In July 2014, long-simmering tensions between Israel and Gaza boiled over into conflict with both sides engaging in military operations. The resulting fighting was the most more

Ebola response in West Africa

Responding to the Ebola Epidemic in Western Africa

An epidemic of Ebola that began in Guinea in March 2014 has now spread to neighbouring West African countries.   The outbreak is the most severe more

Balkans Floods

Responding to the Balkan Floods

In mid May 2014, a low pressure system referred to locally as Cyclone Tamara caused the heaviest rainfall in more than a century across much of more

South Sudan

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 more

CAR

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 2.5 million, about half the population, need more

Syria

Responding to the crisis in Syria

UN agencies and partners launch largest ever humanitarian appeal for Syrians: US$4.4 billion needed for emergency aid for 2013 more

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