• Nepal | Photo Essay: Rising from the rubble

      On 25 April, Sher Bahadur Gajaraj’s life turned upside down. His house collapsed and his workshop was also buried under the rubble. He saved his life by running out of the house, but he could not save everyone. His eldest daughter-in-law died after she was buried under their collapsed house. With his house and workshop destroyed, he didn’t know how he could get back to normal.

    • Blog | The 100 day dash for climate action

      What makes an agreement ambitious? Above all, a push on all sectors and stakeholders so that development is climate-conscious and risk-informed. Development practitioners and climate experts need to work together.

    • Pole to Paris campaign goes to Samoa

      Climate change is something that affects the entire globe. We want to include the voices of those people who are not on the direct Pole to Paris route and carry them to COP21. This is where Samoa comes in. To support the team, UNDP Samoa in partnership with Digicel, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Adaptation Fund and United Nations Volunteers and the GEF Small Grants Programme, will hold a series of events.

    • Global Fund, UNDP partner up in US$17m fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the Pacific

      Two new agreements reached in the Pacific by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) are set to provide a major boost in the fight against the three diseases in the region. The two grants, totalling US$17 million, have been awarded to UNDP as interim Principal Recipient of the Global Fund grant for the next two and a half years, starting 1 July 2015.

    • Blog | The future is made in China

      The potential benefits of predicting future innovations can be felt in fields from healthcare to transportation to banking. Discovering and mapping new ideas and innovations can yield effective solutions to the persistent deprivations as the world prepares to adopt a new set of development challenges.

    • Photo Story | Portraits of Water from the Solomon Islands

      Despite its beauty and resourcefulness of the land and sea, water resources – vital to various aspects of life in Tuwo – are limited and degrading. Its atoll island geography, coupled with more frequent and longer dry spells, intrusion of saltwater into water points during king tides, and evidences of increasing diseases such as diarrhoea and red-eye, makes Tuwo vulnerable to water insecurity and climate change impacts.

    • Blog | Standing up, being counted in Ireland

      Watching people dissect your value and equality as a human being, your capacity to love and the depth of your romantic relationships takes a psychological and emotional toll. For me and my friends this was the first time in our lives that LGBTI identities were so thoroughly discussed in public.

    • Japan to provide solar lamps for Myanmar polling stations, with UNDP support

      The partnership between UNDP and Japan will see the distribution of over 25,000 solar lamps to polling stations across the country which do not have secure and consistent access to electricity - a contribution which will ensure that people working in polling stations are able to count votes into the hours of darkness on Election Day.

    • UNDP Asia-Pacific chief congratulates Nepal on holding a successful rebuilding conference

      UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific Mr. Haoliang Xu has congratulated the Government of Nepal on holding a successful conference on rebuilding Nepal in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015. The rebuilding conference held on Thursday saw generous pledges from Nepal’s friends and neighbors—with commitments totaling US$4.4 billion against the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) estimate of $6.7 billion worth of damages from the earthquake.

    • Blog | There is no honour in barring women from voting

      Pakistani women are serving in the armed forces and increasing numbers of women are joining the police; putting their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens and serve their country. Such noble sacrifice and contribution should be a source of national pride and not diminished by those misguided few who believe their gender disqualifies them from voting, writes Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan

    • In Nepal, smartphones and shovels are transforming UNDP’s earthquake response

      In the hilltop village of Kunchok, Badal Regmi scans a card into his smartphone. The civil engineer from Kathmandu is one of 84 UN Volunteers in the field helping to assess and safely demolish destroyed and damaged houses. The card he swipes belongs to one of 770 community members enrolled in the cash-for-work initiative that gives much needed income to those affected by the disaster to clear their communities.

    • Video | In Nepal, creating jobs, removing debris and getting people back on their feet

      As Nepal continues to deal with the effects of a major catastrophe, UNDP, as the lead agency coordinating the early recovery, is supporting the Government and the people of Nepal to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. UNDP’s cash-for-work programmes are helping remove the debris and creating short term jobs that put money in the pockets of those who need it the most. As the monsoon season and winter start to set in, it is absolutely critical that recovery efforts continue to help manage the debris removal and rehabilitation of infrastructure, re-establish basic services, and build back people’s homes and livelihoods.

    • Blog | Why rice farmers are key to tackling climate change in the Philippines

      When I began supporting the Philippines Programme for rice cultivation, I saw it through the lens of climate change mitigation. The logic was, if we made some necessary improvements to cultivation methods, we could reduce greenhouse gas emission (GHG) and help mitigate climate change. This is especially important in a country where 29 percent of the GHGs come from rice cultivation.

Help the survivors of the Nepal Earthquake


UNDP is working with the Government of Nepal to support and strengthen the national recovery efforts after the devastating Gorkha Earthquake earlier this year.

Temporary shelters that can last through the monsoon are urgently needed.  

UNDP has started cash-for-work programmes, including debris removal which provides jobs and money to help survivors support their families.

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