WAR IN UKRAINE
Scaling up support to the people of Ukraine
The war in Ukraine is inflicting immense human suffering and devastating communities. UNDP teams are on the ground, working in partnership with the Government of Ukraine to save lives and support relief efforts.
But the needs are rapidly increasing.
The government says at least US$100 billion of buildings, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools have been destroyed. The war has caused half the country’s businesses to shut completely, while the other half are struggling.
UNDP’s initial estimates suggest that a prolonged conflict would push nine out of 10 of Ukrainians into poverty or near poverty and put almost two decades of development gains at risk. The deep social and economic scars will endure for generations.
“In parallel with critical humanitarian support, development must be prioritized even in the midst of war… Targeted assistance will help prevent millions from falling into poverty at a time when at least half of all Ukrainian businesses have been forced to close. We’re working with Ukraine to help to halt a looming development catastrophe.”— Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
UNDP has supported development in Ukraine for 30 years and our commitment to the people of Ukraine is absolute. Using early socio-economic assessments, we launched a new programme focused on supporting the government’s emergency response, its commitment to public services and to keeping the economy running.
Our programme taps into Ukrainians’ inspiring levels of resourcefulness—which they have repeatedly demonstrated. And we are working with institutions and civil society to maintain the social fabric, uphold human rights, and ensure the inclusion, protection and empowerment of all people.
In eastern Ukraine, our strong partnership with the Government of Canada helped repurpose $8 million to respond to the urgent needs of people fleeing violence.
Japan contributed $4.5 million to clear explosive ordnance and remove debris, ensuring safe human mobility and access to essential goods and services for humanitarian support.
With funding from the European Union, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Netherlands and Canada, UNDP is also providing displacement shelters with food and medical supplies, as well as equipment for emergency services and hospitals.
Sweden is supporting our efforts to provide digital services which allow the displaced to register and get access to state services and support. In the western districts we’re supporting community policing, and in Zakarpattia, we are backing police patrols as they maintain order in displacement hosting areas.
Experts have been deployed to work on crisis governance, mine action, debris management and environmental hazards.