Réponse aux crises

Community infrastructure and management of debris and waste

Natural disasters and man-made conflicts often destroy or severely damage community infrastructure and houses, generating huge volumes of debris and displacing large numbers of people. Debris can pose serious safety and health threats to the affected populations and hinder their access to humanitarian aid and public services.

This in turn impacts local authorities who are faced with significantly higher volumes of debris and waste, overwhelming their capacity to manage the emergency and take swift action to recover from the crisis.

UNDP’s response

UNDP works to repair, rebuild or recover the basic socio-economic community infrastructures critical to the lives of people affected by disaster or conflict. It could be a bridge allowing access to farmland or a school, or a local road that allows access to a key market.

While this basic infrastructure can seem simple and straightforward, it is often central to the survival of a community, including their economy. The planning and implementation are carried out with the involvement of community members and local government authorities.

UNDP also works to help clear away the often huge amount of debris and rubble generated by both natural disasters and conflicts. This is often done through a combination of both heavy machinery and cash-for-work schemes involving local communities. Where possible, debris materials are recycled and re-used for the rehabilitation and repair of infrastructure. This may also support the creation of additional jobs and employment opportunities.

It is a crucial first step for the long-term recovery of livelihoods and key community infrastructure like markets and hospitals, helping to get affected communities back on their feet and local economies to resume.

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