Crisis response

As the world faces unprecedented levels of humanitarian need, there seems to be no end to many crises. The average amount of time people worldwide live in displacement is now 17 years and the average conflict lasts for seven years. Natural disasters occur more frequently and are more intense, with 1.7 billion people affected over the last decade – most of them living in poverty.

Our Goals

Working alongside humanitarian and peacebuilding actors, as endorsed by global leaders at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, UNDP helps affected communities return to sustainable development as soon as possible, while building resilience to future shocks

Workers are removing Debris in Maloula with the support of UNDP Syria more

Our Stories

Yemen
An elder local monitors the performance of the fog harvesting unit used in the pilot project in western Yemen. Photo: UNDP Yemen
Harvesting fog in western Yemen

“God has given us the fog to quench our thirst,” says Am Ali, mother of six, who lives in Manakha, Yemen. Manakha is a rural districtmore 

Iraq
Sajad, 20, IDP in Basra: "I dream of the day I will open a shop" ©CAOFISR/UNDP
In Basra, displaced people do not give up on dreams of a better life

Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. This is the saying of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP), who fled violencemore 

Syria
n Aleppo, Syria a worker picks up solid waste through UNDP's emergency employment project providing temporary jobs to people affected by the conflict. Photo: UNDP in Syria
Emergency employment yields a healthier environment for Syrians

Mohammad was one of the Syrian citizens who never thought that the escalating hostilities would force him out of his home. Living in a hard-to-reach areamore 

Syria_Lebanon
Murad, an internally dispaced Iraqi, took a short-term opportunity to build an underground canal for waste water in Khanke camps, Dohuk, Iraq.
Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in Iraq

For Murad, 41, a father of seven, the worst part of being internally displaced was to endure being jobless for more than six months. “In themore 

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