// According to UN projections, by 2030, India will have 41.4% of its population residing in urban areas versus the 2007 figure of 27%. As these cities of high density get hit by natural disasters or socio-economic crises, it is urban poor that get pushed to abject poverty where even basic life and livelihood is under threat. Social safety nets in place by governments however limited, are largely compensatory instruments to help the affected, rather than protective instruments to safeguard the vulnerable from risks. They lack mechanisms to bridge the gap between critical points of weakness in vulnerable communities and help them become more resilient.//



July 18, 2016

Introducing "Vulnerability" to Vulnerable People

Climate Adaptation Plans Can Worsen Unequal Urban Vulnerability

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Vulnerability not only implies the exposure to hazard factors such as climate change and socio-economic crises but also the capacity to cope with their effects. We believe that tackling urban vulnerability needs to be conceived as an ongoing process of improving adaptive capacity — through persistent, adaptive, and trans-formative strategies/projects.

The project undertaken under this thematic looked at developing a framework for assessment of urban vulnerability, which can offer the following potential:

  • Provide more effective support for (existing) poor communities that can prevent them from falling into abject proverty.

    • Assessment of vulnerability of poor communities to shocks and stresses in order to conceive more effective safety nets and enable better collaborations among local NGOs that support urban poor, governments etc.

    • Development of trajectory of poor communities by ascertain time and nature of intervention

  • Prediction of formation of slums, so as to facilitate implementation of preemptive measures.


Addressing poverty remains a pressing issue in India with 172 million people living under $1.90 (~INR 125) a day (World Bank, 2015). However...

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