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What if gender became an essential, standard element of Vulnerability Assessments?

What if gender became an essential, standard element of Vulnerability Assessments?
15 pages

Morchain, Daniel
Prati, Georgia
Kelsey, Frances
Ravon, Lauren

Sweetman, Caroline
Gender & Development Volume 23 Issue 3 Resilience

Publication date
23 Nov 2015


Oxfam GB

Journal article

Vulnerability Assessments (VAs) can be useful tools for providing key insights for nongovernment organisations and other development actors, including governments. Not only can they provide an extensive, ‘landscape-wide’ understanding of vulnerability and its underlying causes in a specific context, but this understanding can be jointly owned by all participants. They can thus be used for designing risk reduction and resilience-building measures, programmes, or projects that affect specific groups within a community or the landscape. Beyond that, VAs can provide a platform that promotes interaction among otherwise disconnected stakeholders, as well as the evidence and argumentation for community groups to engage in advocacy with local and municipal/district authorities. This article draws on our combined experience as development practitioners, and considers what we have learnt about the importance of integrating gender issues into VAs.


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