The United Nations Development Program

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was created in 1965. It was originally intended to undergo investigations into private investment in developing countries, examine those countries natural resources, and to train the locals in development activities. As time went on they were given more responsibility and now hold jurisdiction over disaster prevention, response, mitigation, preparedness, reconstruction, and recovery. As part of a self-reorganization in 1995 a new Emergency Response Division was created. A response team is now routinely deployed to help coordinate relief and recovery efforts of other UN agencies and NGO’s with the efforts of disaster-stricken national governments. (Sylves, 2008) The UNDP now operates and holds offices in 177 different countries and works with the local governments to help improve development and meet new challenges. The UNDP was not originally considered an agency on the forefront of international disaster management and humanitarian emergencies because, while it addressed national capacities, it did not focus specifically on the emergency response systems (previously considered to be the focal point of disaster management). (Bullock, Coppola, & Haddow, 2011) The UNDP seemingly gained more credibility and recognition along with or at the same time and rate as critical infrastructure protection (CIP), mitigation, and preparedness. The UNDP has seen a little criticism from staff members and the Bush Administration for irregularities in finances in North Korea and controversy when it halted its disarmament programs in Uganda in response to human rights abuses by the Uganda People’s Defense Force. The UNDP believes that disaster management is very important to its mission in the developing world. The Disaster Reduction and Recovery Program, created in 1997, the Emergency Response Division was given more…...

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