As crises undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexists: UNDP Report

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Despite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty, according to a new UNDP report.

The report, released this week, highlights UNDP's achievements in preventing and responding to conflict and disasters in 2012.”

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark pointed out in the report that there was much tragedy in the course of the year – from the Arab States region to the Horn of Africa, the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Sahel, and to the Caribbean and the Americas, where Hurricane Sandy caused much damage and destruction.

“In many places around the world where conflicts and disasters escalated in 2012, we saw how crises can undermine development investment and cause terrible human suffering, especially in communities that are fragile and lack resilience,” says Jordan Ryan, director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, in the UNDP report.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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