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

Author:

Morchain, D., Prati, G., Kelsey, F. & Ravon, L.

Editor:

First

Date:

2015

Region:

[unspecified]

Theme:

Gender and Vulnerability

Language:

English

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis Online

Full Harvard Reference:

Morchain, D., Prati, G., Kelsey, F. & Ravon, L. (2015) What if gender became an essential, standard element of Vulnerability Assessments?, Gender &Development, 23:3, 481-496.

This article draws on the authors’ combined experience as development practitioners, and considers what they have learnt about the importance of integrating gender issues into VAs. 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.