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  • UNDP is expanding post-typhoon recovery projects to five provinces Dec 5, 2013

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated US$ 11 million to launch recovery programmes in Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas in five provinces. UNDP will open six offices that will manage emergency employment cash-for-work projects in debris clearing and rehabilitation of markets, schools, hospitals and other public spaces. The cash-for-work portfolio of activities will expand to cover re-establishment of livelihoods and local economy through repairs to dwellings and municipal buildings, shops and businesses, boats and farms.

  • UNDP announces mobile phone partnership to pay typhoon clean-up workers Dec 4, 2013

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Landbank and mobile phone operator Smart signed an agreement today for a mobile phone money transfer system to pay those employed in emergency cash-for-work schemes in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The three partners in the phone plan will distribute 50,000 mobile phones to beneficiaries who will enroll in one of the cash-for-work projects operated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), civil society or UN agencies in the areas affected by typhoon Haiyan.

  • Road to Recovery in the Philippines must be built for sustainable human development Dec 3, 2013

    Just four weeks after super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners, with the Government’s guidance, are making significant strides in helping the country recover and build back sustainably, a UN development official said today.

  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva invites people to donate to the post-Yolanda recovery Dec 2, 2013

    World renowned Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador launched a video message aiming at inviting people to donate to the recovery process in the areas affected by typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda).

  • Waste management for disease prevention a pressing need in Tacloban Nov 27, 2013

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting local authorities in Tacloban to resume safe disposal of growing piles of municipal solid waste which has become a public health concern in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  • UN Calls for Governments to make disaster risk reduction integral part of longer-term development plans Nov 27, 2013

    Building a more resilient Asia-Pacific is the key focus of a three-day meeting that began today at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together senior government officials from more than 25 countries. This month’s devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan is the most recent example of a relentless series of shocks that has battered the Asia-Pacific region over the last few years, highlighting the crucial need for a more comprehensive approach to building resilience so that countries can withstand, adapt to and recover from natural disasters.

  • Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented Nov 25, 2013

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.

  • UNDP launches cash-for-work programme for destroyed communities in the Philippines Nov 25, 2013

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began debris removal projects last week by providing cash-for-work to villagers hit hard by typhoon Haiyan. Local communities started clearing rubble and medical waste, earning much needed income to get back on track after the destruction from the typhoon, while also easing access routes for humanitarian supplies.

  • Update on UNV support to Typhoon Haiyan response efforts Nov 24, 2013

    Since 8 November 2013, when Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan made a direct hit on 36 provinces of the Philippines, there has been a worldwide response by aid agencies, governments and civil society to help the densely populated nation of 92 million people recover.

  • Statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Nov 22, 2013

    Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), the humanitarian response is well under way, with many of the logistical challenges overcome as aid reaches the communities affected by this super typhoon.

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