Finding ways together to build resilience: the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment methodology

Reflecting on the voices of people living in difficult and unjust circumstances, government stakeholders and development practitioners from around the globe, the authors propose that conducting a truly participatory, multi-stakeholder and cross-scalar contextual analysis that considers a wide range of hazards, as well as people’s capacities and aspirations, should become standard development practice. It is this type of participatory process that can facilitate an equitable, gender-sensitive, sustainable and appropriate design of pathways towards risk reduction and resilience. The Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) methodology aims to constitute such a continually evolving process. This document presents the VRA principles, a how-to guide, and discusses the strengths and lessons learned from implementation.