Breaking the cycle of fragility
In Yemen, the SIERY programme scaled-up support to the Yemeni formal local governance systems, to ensure that citizens continue to have access to basic services, and that economic recovery processes are in place for communities.
In Afghanistan, the ABADEI programme delivers assistance to beneficiaries directly, to safeguard the economy and protect development gains. UNDP has in one year reached more than 5 million people through various initiatives, including cash for work, support to small farmers, traders and women-led small enterprises, access to health facilities and the provision of community level clean energy.
Economic recovery for displaced key to Afghans’ future
Afghanistan is confronting an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with a very real risk of systemic collapse and human catastrophe that threatens many of the development gains of the last 20 years. UNDP and UNHCR are working together for greater impact.
The country is teetering on the brink of universal poverty with more than half of the population dependent on life-saving and essential humanitarian assistance. Without support, tens of thousands of children are at risk of dying from malnutrition as basic health services have collapsed. Violence, fear, and deprivation continue to drive people out of their homes. Some 3.4 million people have been displaced within Afghanistan, a tenth of the population. Many of them live in makeshift settlements under difficult conditions without access to services.
Yet Afghan communities are finding pathways to recovery. Support from international and local agencies, and the private sector are helping to create conditions for the sustainable return and reintegration of displaced people.