Nearly 1,700 people died in 1986 when Cameroon's Lake Nyos suddenly released deadly levels of carbon dioxide into the air following a build-up of the gas in the lake. Another 10,000 people were uprooted and 3,000 heads of livestock perished. "I lost more than 21 members of my family and all ourmore
In 2004, a 34-year-old widow in Congo named Maman Miriam* was raped by three armed men who slashed her genitals with a knife, leaving her with physical and emotional scars. She felt completely abandoned and unable to care for her three children. In 2010, she became one of the first people to benefitmore
This time last year, pastoralist Joseph Yorot was left with no way of feeding his family after his farming stock was stolen by cattle thieves. “I lost all my animals when cattle rustlers from neighboring Uganda invaded our community. It was very painful – I was reduced to a pauper overnight,” recallmore
UNDP Africa's Crisis Prevention & Recovery work
Building resilience to conflicts and disasters is at the very heart of UNDP's work. UNDP helps countries prevent armed conflict, alleviate the risk and effects of disasters from natural hazards and build back better and stronger when crises happen.
This paper provides a distilled summary of the concepts shaping the discourse around state-building in fragile, conflict-affected situations, and explores some of the operational implications for international development practitioners working in these settings, drawing on experience from Liberia and Sierra Leone.