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Economic recovery

Street vendor in LiberiaA street seller at a market in Monrovia, Liberia. Markets have seen huge drops in customers, forcing 60% of them to close due to the Ebola Crisis. (Photo: Morgana Wingard/UNDP)

UNDP works with communities and societies affected by disasters and conflicts (both sudden onset and protracted) at the global level to achieve early and long-term economic and livelihoods recovery of the people. Livelihoods and economic recovery programmes are linked to the process of promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, working with institutions and communities to recover, be resilient and sustainable. By doing so, we help societies and countries in their rapid return to sustainable development by tackling the social, economic and environmental drivers of vulnerability.

Our economic recovery efforts are a critical first step to reduce vulnerability and build resilience and thereby ‘helping countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion early on during and after a disaster or conflict’.

A focus on jobs, sustainable livelihoods and economic recovery is a cornerstone of our work to achieving a rapid return to sustainable development. Within this context, there are three streams to our programmes and policy support:

  • Support to livelihoods stabilization of disaster and conflict affected individuals, communities and societies thereby ensuring that relief, recovery and development are a continuum.
  • Supporting local economic recovery for medium and long term jobs/employment, income generation and finding development solutions for displacement.
  • Supporting economically and environmentally sustainable livelihoods, medium and long term employment and inclusive economic growth by putting in place the building blocks to build a country’s resilience and ability to cope with unavoidable shocks (i.e. linked to our overall work on development planning and inclusive sustainable growth).

Experience has shown that the above three streams of work must not be seen as phases on their own but start at the same time, usually implemented with different intensities depending on country’s context.