Participatory risk, capacity and vulnerability analysis
This manual is intended to provide methodological and practical guidance to Action Against Hunger field workers on how to implement Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment (PCVA) so as to design and initiate stand-alone or mainstreamed DRM actions at the community level.
Its variety of tools and guiding questions for disaster risk analysis facilitate a participatory process through collaborative learning. It is designed to stimulate dialogue and information sharing between Action Against Hunger’s field workers, community members and local partners.
The guiding questions serve to examine the factors of risk and vulnerability at multiple levels so that risk reduction measures and the outcomes of the PCVA are integrated into the development or recovery process of the community.
PCVA enables people to enhance their knowledge and understanding of disaster risks, and facilitate action planning for alleviating threats. It focuses on the most vulnerable, those who have less ability to face and recover from disasters.
The PVCA is a flexible model that must be tailored to suit the needs of a particular context. However, the process is always the same and should be complied with and aligned with Action Against Hunger’s strategic directions.
The PCVA is designed as a multi-sector assessment and is therefore holistic and inclusive by nature. It complements other Action Against Hunger assessment tools aimed at analysing and reducing disaster risk and sector-related issues all together. It is intended to be used for undertaking in-depth assessments in development, recovery or chronic crisis contexts.