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Urban Multi-sector Vulnerability Assessment Tool for displacement contexts (UMVAT)

The urban multi-sector vulnerability assessment tool for displacement contexts (UMVAT) guidance note has been developed by NRC for use in urban environments where there has been a significant displacement of populations due to conflict and other causal factors. The UMVAT can be used by other humanitarian organisations working in similar contexts.

The UMVAT includes a multi-sector questionnaire, developed for use in KoBo for mobile devices; a guidance document (including assessment methodology, sampling technique approaches, aspects to consider during contextualisation, data collection technique support, and trend and data analysis approaches); focus group discussion and key informant checklists; training materials and additional guidance to support users in applying the tool. The multi-sector assessment questionnaire can be tailored to meet specific information needs, by including or excluding specific sectors and expanding the questionnaire to include additional probing questions in specific sectors. With some contextualisation and methodological modifications, the guidance and tools can be applied in protracted and rapid onset disaster contexts.

The UMVAT was developed in response to a lack of urban specific multi-sector tools. It is part of a suite of complementary urban tools to enable appropriate urban responses for displaced and host populations. The UMVAT and associated guidance complement three other tools which have been developed under the Stronger Cities Initiative for use in the programme cycle. These include: i) a contextual analysis tool1 (IRC, 2017); ii) a response analysis framework for urban contexts (URAF)2 (Mohiddin et al., 2017); and iii) guidance on targeting in urban displacement contexts3 (Smith et al., 2017).

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  • IIED code: 10823IIED
  • Published: Jun 2017 - IIED
  • Theme: Urban
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-479-8
  • Language: English

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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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Urban Crises Learning Fund

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