What We Do
As the crisis deepens in Syria, UNDP, in partnership with other UN and humanitarian agencies, will continue to scale up its early recovery interventions to reach areas where people are most affected and in need of help. The crisis has exacerbated pre-existing levels of poverty and unemployment. To address this, UNDP has put in place a two-year country programme (2016-17) that is fully oriented toward mitigating internal and external displacement through strengthening the resilience of the most affected populations inside the country.
Seeking to scale up the results from 2013-2015 in terms of geographic and beneficiary reach, as well as more sustainable interventions (such as value chains), UNDP prioritizes the most vulnerable populations, which are in need of livelihood support. Interventions are designed to create conditions that reduce displacement trends and enable some level of economic recovery and social cohesion among internally displaced communities and their hosts. We maximize complementarity between our engagement in emergency livelihoods and emergency basic service rehabilitation under the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan 2016, as well as crisis response capacity support under the United Nations Strategic Framework 2016-2017.
UNDP Support to Affected Communities
In 2014 and 2015, UNDP touched the lives of 4.5 million persons in all Syrian governorates through targeted early recovery and livelihoods restoration efforts in partnership with more than 150 local actors including NGOs, CBOs and faith-based organizations. This was achieved through rehabilitation of community infrastructure and restoration of basic services using labor-intensive approach, where a total of 44,000 emergency employment opportunities were provided to IDPs and their host community members working on solid waste and debris management and quick repairs in affected Syrian governorates.more
Projects and Initiatives
Since March 2011, Syria has been witnessing an internal civil unrest that has directly resulted in losses of human lives, significant displacement and migration, weakened social services, destruction of basic social and productive infrastructure and significant loss of livelihoods, destruction of homes and property, and the deterioration of the rule of law and securitymore
Syria has a low-prevalence HIV epidemic, with very low levels of HIV among the general population, as well as among key populations at risk, such as female sex workers (FSWs) and their clients, men who have sex with men (MSM) and injecting drug users (IDUs)more