Early Recovery Context - 2016

Most of affected populations in Kachin State/Northern Shan and Rakhine remain in camps with little or no prospects for solutions. A situation, which was expected to be temporary, has progressively evolved into a protracted humanitarian crisis with more than 220,000 people living in camps and tens of thousands affected populations with host families or isolated villages bringing additional strains on both the host and displaced populations.


Early recovery needs: Having spent many years in displacement, many of the affected populations have been depended to a very large extent (Kachin and Northern Shan) or almost exclusively (Rakhine) on humanitarian relief assistance provided by various humanitarian organizations, national and international. This situation has reduced recovery options for a great majority of them. Very limited returns and relocations to other locations outside IDP camps have been observed such as in the Mrauk-U District in Rakhine and Myityina in Kachin State. The following are recovery issues:

  • Lack of sustainable livelihoods opportunities;

  • Absence or lack of access to basic services;

  • Restriction of the freedom of movement (specific to Rakhine);

  • Land scarcity;

  • Ongoing conflict or presence of armed actors around villages of origin;

  • Presence or suspicion of the presence of landmines;

  • Segregation of communities along with the resulting discrimination.


Country-level Early Recovery coordination structure:  in 2013, the Humanitarian Country Team established an Early Recovery Sector to coordinate aspects of ER activities not falling under existing clusters and sectors. Among these were (i) livelihoods (agricultural and non-agricultural, (ii) emergency employment, (iii) reconstruction and rehabilitation and (iv) durable solutions.


At the end of 2014, the HCT decided to close the Early Recovery Sector and establish an Early Recovery Network (ERN) to further the mainstreaming of ER in other clusters and sectors.


In 2015 and 2016, an Early Recovery Network, under the leadership of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (HC/RC) and facilitated by an Inter-Agency Early Recovery Advisor supports the HCT and the HC/RC and broungh together humanitarian, development, private sector, civil society and government actors to coordinate recovery-related aspects of humanitarian response, created and sustained humanitarian-development synergies. Its membership included cluster and sector leads and the private sector. An expanded ERN included bilateral and multi-lateral development partners. In 2017 the ERN progressively turn to a dormant network possibility reactivated with a call from the HC/RC. 


Identified Early Recovery gaps: While an important aspect of Early Recovery were integrated in the Food Security Sector (agricultural livelihoods and cash programming), a number of areas covered by the Early Recovery Sector have been orphaned. These include non-agricultural livelihoods, reconstruction and rehabilitation as well as the governance-related and a large part of capacity-building related activities directly linked to humanitarian response.




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Humanitarian Response Plan, 2017

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Image 1 : Amber Polishing enterprise by resettled IDPs supported by UNDP Nway Pyaw Village Myitkyina (UNDP photo 2015)
Image 2 : Cahs for Work for Resettled IDPs, resettlement village access road construction Nway Pyaw Village Myitkyina (UNDP photo 2015)
Image 3 : CBO Concept and Book Keeping Training PaLaNa (UNDP photo 2015)
Image 4 :Motorcycle repair training for resettled IDPs, Nway, Pyaw Village Myitkyina (UNDP photo 2015)
Image 5 : Cash for Work, Resettled Woman working on road construction PaLaNa (UNDP Photo 2015)
Image 6 : Goat Distribution Yai Thei (UNDP Photo 2015)

UNOSAT Rapid Mapping

UNDP and the Operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT) signed a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) to strengthen their collaboration to make geospatial technology accessible for emergency and crisis response, early warning and preparedness, risk assessments and recovery planning at country and regional level, including in support of the work of the Global Early Recovery Cluster.
UNOSAT Rapid Mapping is activated include floods, earthquakes, storms, landslides, volcanoes, oil spills, chemical waste, refugee and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp mapping, conflict damage assessment and situation analysis. Output products including maps, GIS-ready data (for example flood extents, damage assessments), statistics and reports support clusters or UNDP to become more effective in all phases of the crisis cycle. read more

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Humanitarian Coordinator

Knut Ostby

Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator

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Peter Batchelor

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