Climate and Vulnerability Assessment: Guidance Notes from Nepal

    It is essential that organisations working on poverty reduction take into account the impact of climate change on the communities and sectors where they are working. To do this, Practical Action has developed a handbook for programming design based of field experience in Nepal using our ‘From Vulnerability to Resilience’ (V2R) Framework.

    The V2R Framework is a tool for analysis and action to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience of individuals, household and communities. The framework sets out the key factors that contribute to people’s vulnerability; exposure to hazards and stresses; fragile livelihoods; future uncertainty; and weak governance. It provides explanations of the linkages between these factors, as well as ideas for action to strengthen resilience. The framework was developed to address the need to work in a more integrated way and to tackle the causes and consequences of vulnerability. For a more detailed explanation you can download the book from the Practical Action website.

    The V2R handbook has been developed for programming design. It is aimed at practitioners who seek examples of how the V2R framework can be used in practice, based on examples from Nepal. It includes guidance on how to include long-term trends in programming with a focus on climate change.

    The main goal of the handbook is to integrate climate change into considerations of resilience. It is essential that organisations working on poverty reduction take into account the impact of climate change on the communities and sectors where they are working. In so doing, they will be better able to support community members and government officials to adapt to the adverse effects and take advantage of any opportunities presented. This requires a detailed analysis of the impacts of climate change at the local level in order to build adaptive capacity to withstand both sudden shocks and incremental changes in the climate. You can download the handbook from the Practical Action website- HERE