While the priority is always to protect people and communities and to prevent crisis, many countries are nonetheless affected by disaster. This impacts lives and livelihoods, stunts and often erases development progress, and traps people in cycles of poverty and vulnerability, leaving them only more exposed to future disasters.
Recovery helps people to get back on the road to development. UNDP supports recovery that helps people build back better, and that reduces risk and builds resilience. By partnering with national governments, NGOs, civil society groups and communities, UNDP emphasizes the human and social aspects of recovery. Since 2005, UNDP has spent more than US $1 billion on recovery, providing technical and financial assistance for post-disaster recovery programming in 112 countries.