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.

Violence in the Central African Republic

Displaced women carrying their belongings arrive in Bossangoa, Central African Republic after fleeing deadly violence in their village. The women had walked two-days to safety. Photo: B. Heger, UNHCR/ September 13, 2013 More

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Projects and Initiatives

South Sudan

UNDP's Response to the Crisis in South Sudan

Fighting that broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has now killed or wounded thousands, displaced an estimated 800,000 people from their homes and destroyed more


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 2.2 million, about half the population, need more


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

Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Locally known as Yolanda, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar province. With record winds and sea surges, the storm more


Preparing airports for disasters

Swamped officials, back-logged visa requests, mountains of lifesaving supplies and throngs of people with nowhere to go - in the face of disaster, most airports look more

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