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.

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

UNDP in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: Promoting peace by improving access to water

Today, Kyrgyzstan is a relatively peaceful country, but this has not always been the case. As recently as 2010, political turmoil and simmering ethnic tension betweenmore 

UNDP South Sudan
UNDP in South Sudan

South Sudan: Strengthening civil service to continue vital support

For most people, moving to a new country to work can be full of surprises. But for Yenew Azale, a trained nurse from Ethiopia working inmore 

The Philippines
UNDP in The Philippines

The Philippines: Chainsaws and safety for coconut loggers

Ten men sit in a circle on the wooden floor of a makeshift classroom in Palo. “One, two, three, four, five…” They push their palms towardmore 

UNDP in Myanmar

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, themore 

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