2012 Review of UNDP's Work in Conflict and Disaster-affected Countries

Published on 14 Oct 2013 - 84 pages


Empowering people in the face of disasters and conflicts is no easy task for any nation. Through its crisis prevention and recovery activities, UNDP helps build resilience, reduce the impact of disasters, and accelerate recovery from shocks. During 2012, UNDP was active in 97 countries in assisting households, communities, and governments to prevent, confront, and respond to conflicts and disasters.This report highlights UNDP’s key areas of support in crisis prevention and recovery.





  • After years of having one of the highest murder rates in the world, El Salvador recorded its first murder-free day since 2009.
  • Since the widespread bloodshed of Kenya's 2007 elections, UNDP has worked to train police, peace councils, the government and civil society to use new technology to identify potential violent hot spots, and act, through improved security or mediation, to defuse local conflicts.
  • In Ethiopia, which is still recovering from the drought in the Horn of Africa, more than 13,992 beneficiaries, 39 percent of whom were women, employed under UNDP schemes to rehabilitate infrastructure, with a special focus on disaster risk management structures, such as water storage facilities.
  • In 2012, UNDP supported 23 countries affected by landmines and exposive remnants of war through mine risk education, clearance and victim assistance programmes.
  • In The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN mission and UNDP helped prosecute alleged perpetrators of mass rapes. UNDP support allowed for military investigations and trials that resulted in three defendants being sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity.


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