Restoring Livelihoods - UNDP Response in Syria11 Feb 2014
As an immediate response to the emerging needs of the affected Syrian population, and in line with the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP), UNDP mobilized approximately US$16 million to kick-start its
Humanitarian Livelihoods Programme. Rapid assessments were conducted in Aleppo, Damascus, Deir Ezzor, Hama, Hassakeh, Homs, Latakia, Raqqa, Rural Damascus and Tartous to identify needs, priorities and potential stakeholders and partners.
Accordingly, initiatives were launched to generate quick income through emergency employment for improved service delivery and repair of basic community infrastructure, as well as provision of emergency support for the restoration and stabilization of disrupted livelihoods. Special focus is put on vulnerable groups such as internally displaced people, youth, womenheaded
households and people with disabilities. The programme also promotes resilience in local communities.
This is done through capacity development of local nongovernmental
organizations and community-based organizations for engaging in early recovery efforts, and community activities for enhancing social cohesion and reconciliation. UNDP will increase the number and scope of its activities to
alleviate suffering and promote a resilience-based approach.
In addition to its field presence, UNDP has maintained its network of local partners in various governorates, which expands its reach and access. Based on its global experience in crisis-affected areas, UNDP will implement early recovery and self-reliance initiatives that would also create an enabling environment for humanitarian work, reduce the demand for relief, and enhance the resilience of affected communities.