Crisis Prevention and Recovery

The Asia and the Pacific has seen unprecedented economic progress in recent years. However, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters and crisis situations in many countries threaten their development gains. Crisis (conflict, political instability, disaster or violence) can set development back significantly with negative impacts on the livelihoods of the poor. For some countries in the region, the interplay between conflict and natural disasters adds complexity to recovery and stretches national capacities and resources. The severity of disasters, combined with crises such as violence and conflict, can have negative cumulative effects on development goals, poor communities and, in particular, on least developed countries.more

Our Goals

Across the Asia and the Pacific, UNDP aims to assist governments, public institutions and local communities in strengthening their capacities to manage development in the context of conflict, natural disasters and hazards, and in the aftermath of crisis.more

The Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years on

Ten years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami, what have we learned? Read a series of special reports that combine on-the-ground experiences with insights and analysis, to mark the anniversary. More

Our Stories

  • UNDP, along with other UN agencies, has supported the local situation assessments leading to early evacuations, particularly in the Eastern Visayas Region. Photo: UNDP

    A year since Haiyan has made a world of difference

    UNDP’s has been working for several years with all levels of government and the people of the Philippines in preparing for disasters like Typhoon Hagupit which made landfall on 6th December, to reduce the risks from disaster and to save lives. more

  • President Aquino and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (center) applaud as peace panel chairs exchange copies of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. Teresita Quintos-Deles stands on the right. Photo: Lyn Rillon

    The path to peace in Bangsamoro

    In early 2014, following 17 years of stop-start negotiations and 150,000 deaths over four decades, the government of the Philippines and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a historic peace agreement more

Our Perspective

Lessons from the Past Help to Prepare for the Future

In China there is an old proverb that goes: “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” more

How a low-tech mobile app is changing the way Indonesia responds to disasters

Reliable real-time data on post disaster information will help ensure a well-targeted and speedy response to future disasters in Indonesia, which in turn, will save lives and money more


Scaling-up Innovations

  • With UNDP’s support, peasants now have the resources and capacities to build back better their homes after a tropical storm and become resilient in the face of environment threats.

    Disaster Preparedness in Bangladesh