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Transition and Recovery

Post-crisis transition and recovery refer to the situation where humanitarian needs must still be met, while conditions become conducive for beginning the shift to a longer-term, nationally-owned path toward sustainable development. Transition situations are not linear and are very complex. They feature humanitarian, recovery and development programming modalities that often occur simultaneously. Transition presents tensions and trade-offs between the need to save lives while supporting national ownership, national capacity, and the development of sustainable state institutions. Transition situations are also often high-risk environments, particularly in the case of conflict-affected contexts. Together, a flexible approach is needed that does not compromise humanitarian principles. UNICEF is uniquely placed to support the transition from humanitarian response to recovery and longer-term development. UNICEF can build on its humanitarian programmes, shift to development programmes, and engaging in post-crisis needs assessments and national planning processes to ensure the rights and needs of children are reflected in national recovery plans.
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