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 Bangladesh

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

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  • 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

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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Featured Publications
Human Development Report 2013

When developed economies stopped growing during the 2008–2009 financial crisis but developing economies kept on growing, the world took notice. The rise of the South, seen within the developing world as an overdue global rebalancing, has been much commented on since.

Disaster Risk Reduction Through Preparedness & Response

Effective humanitarian coordination aims to ensure the best use of resources to achieve the most appropriate and relevant response to the needs of people affected by a crisis. Increasingly in Bangladesh, as in other contexts, there is recognition not only that preparedness for a coordinated response is important

National Plan for Disaster Management 2010-2015

The government acknowledges the need for pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness of the people, as opposed to the earlier concepts of responding after a disaster has taken place, as a necessary as well as a cost-effective approach.

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