Climate and disaster resilience

While most countries in Africa have seen economic growth pick up and human development levels increase, on the other hand many groups and even nations have yet to realize their potential, held back by war, disaster or chronic poverty. Resilience consists in managing risks over time at individual, household, community and societal levels in ways that minimize costs and build capacity to manage and sustain development momentum through natural and man-made crises. Read more

Our Goals

UNDP helps develop the capacity of governments across Africa to respond to disasters and mitigate the risk they pose. UNDP is guiding policy; training communities and first responders; helping planners; and integrating disaster risk reduction strategies into national development plans. Disaster recovery activities are often an opportunity to integrate improved disaster resilience into communities and build back better. Early recovery efforts are geared toward helping communities make the transition from being recipients of humanitarian aid to taking their future into their own hands. Read More

Sierra Leone: People with disabilities look to an Ebola-free future

UNDP has scaled up its work with people with disabilities to support livelihoods and food security interventions to help this vulnerable group in the midst of Ebola.Read the full story

Our stories
  • Waves of action
    Jun 8, 2017

    Over-fishing, pollution, the loss of habitat, the invasion of exotic species, and ocean acidification are endangering our oceans' health. The cost is at once economic, social and environmental.

  • How to save Mozambique from disasters
    Apr 27, 2017

    Titus Kuuyuor advises the government of Mozambique on how to manage the risks of disasters, and how to adapt to the effects of climate change.

  • Averting famine
    Apr 21, 2017

    Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing conflict and drought and are now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. Swift delivery of aid, combined with early recovery and emergency development work, can address and prevent famine and ensure durable peace.

  • 3 continents, 3 lakes in danger
    Mar 22, 2017

    There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in the stuff. But 97 percent of this is salty ocean water. The remaining freshwater is mostly found in the form of ice, leaving precious little available for human use.

  • Bringing the land to life
    Mar 3, 2017

    For transhumant pastoralists in Kenya, sustainable land management is a comprehensive approach to address land degradation, with benefits for both the environment and the people who depend on it.

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