Crisis prevention & recovery

UNDP provides policy advisory services and capacity development to the Government of Bangladesh in risk mitigation and effective humanitarian response. From a government perspective, disaster management is a fundamental component of the national agenda with the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management playing a central role. UNDP has established itself as the primary partner of the government in disaster management, and works closely with the vibrant and active humanitarian community and civil society to ensure national ownership. In the post-conflict Chittagong Hill Tracts – in the south east of Bangladesh – UNDP is leading an area-based peace building initiative in partnership with local government institutions as laid out in the 1997 Peace Accord.

Our Goals

UNDP has been actively supporting the efforts of the Government to reduce the adverse impacts of hazards with specific targets of (a) integrating disaster risk reduction into sustainable development policies and plans; (b) strengthening institutional capacities and mechanisms to build resilience to hazards and (c) incorporating systematic risk reduction approaches into the implementation of emergency preparedness, response and recovery programmes. In collaboration with the Government and like-minded donors, UNDP has created two large programme portfolios – Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) and Humanitarian Response Team.more

Crisis Prevention

72 hours before the Cyclone Sidr hit the coasts of Bangladesh, some 3.5 million people were evacuated after receiving early warnings from the newly trained Bangladesh Meteorological Department. Photo: UNDP Bangladeshmore

Our Stories

Bangladesh has dramatically reduced its death toll from extreme weather events such as cyclones by shifting from disaster response to disaster risk reduction and early warnings. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

Radio cyclone warnings save thousands of lives

Monu Mia is no stranger to cyclones. “I have survived several cyclones but the memory of losing my family in a cyclone stays with me,” themore 

Three-year-old Hridoy, held by his father Joykumar Chakma are among more than a million residents of Bangladesh’s remote south-eastern hills who now have access to healthcare as a result of UNDP’s work in the area. Photo: Mahtab Haider / UNDP Bangladesh

Safety-nets, bed-nets fight malaria in Bangladesh

Joykumar Chakma, 28, has never been treated by a doctor. “My father was the village mendicant. If we got seriously ill, the family sacrificed a pigmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Early Recovery Facility

    UNDP established the Early Recovery Facility (ERF) as a way of financing and implementing emergency response and early recovery efforts to disasters in order to close the gap between the relief phase and long-term recovery.more 

  • Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility

    In partnership with the Government, development partners, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) communities, and NGOs, UNDP is supporting the Promotion of Development and Confidence Building in the Chittagong Hill Tracts through the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (CHTDF).more 

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