In DPR Korea, UNDP implements three projects in four provinces (North Pyongan, South Pyongan, North Hangwae, South Hwangwae ) to reduce people's vulnerability and strengthen the resilience of communities in remote and underserved areas.  Emergency response and early recovery activities are also implemented on an ad hoc basis, e.g. in support to flood most affected people in North Hamgyong province in 2016 and 2017. The programme's delivery target is USD 4.6 million in 2018.

Ongoing projects

CBDRM evacuation training at Sajong-RI, Singye County

Strengthening the Resilience of Communities through Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM):

The project’s objective is to enhance vulnerable communities’ resilience to natural hazards. Through CBDRM approaches, the project supports social resilience, whereby people can identify and anticipate risks, plan and act collectively, and can marshal their individual capabilities to overcome threats and shocks. The effects of disasters when they occur can further be lessened through preparedness and recovery efforts that can also leave communities more resilient. 

Public building with 300 W solar PV system n Sagi-Ri

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Livelihoods in DPRK (SES):

The project’s objective is to provide local rural communities in targeted areas with adequate, secure and reliable access to renewable energy resources, cost-effective energy efficiency and energy conservation solutions for meeting basic energy demands under appropriate operational modalities. This is achieved through the implementation of local-level energy solutions in rural areas.

Piglets fed at a Pistia Centre to improve commnity nutrition

Pilot Project to Support Socio-Economic Development of Rural Areas in DPRK (SED):

The project aims to improve living standards of rural population by livelihood strengthening through a ‘bundle’ of multi-sector interventions, such as the introduction and cultivation of pistia, a water plant as supplement fodder which helps save grains, labor and firewood compared with conventional preparation, and the promotion of animal husbandry,
to improve existing farm and agri-business initiatives at the local level.

Recently closed projects

Over 36,000 seedlings of fast growing trees nurtured for transplantation

Strengthening Ecosystem Resilience and Community Adaptive Capacity in Climate Affected River Basins in DPRK (SERCARB)

The SERCARB project, which was succesfuly completed on 31 December 2017, aimed to minimize the negative impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on the livelihood of local community. It also contributed to improve community capacity and awareness for environment protection, sustainable management and utilization, of natural resources disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.


With due consideration for the complexity and constraints of the external political environment, including international sanctions as per relevant Resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, we follow a people-centred approach that directly addresses the needs of communities and targeting the most vulnerable people in remote and under-served rural areas, with particular attention being given to children, adolescents, women, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

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