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From vulnerability to resilience: a framework for analysis and action to build community resilience

28 July 2011

From vulnerability to resilience, or V2R, is a framework for analysis and action to reduce vulnerability and strengthen the resilience of individuals, households and communities. The framework sets out the key factors that contribute to peoples’ vulnerability: exposure to hazards and stresses; fragile livelihoods; future uncertainty; and weak governance. It provides detailed explanations of the linkages between these factors, as well as ideas for action to strengthen resilience.

The V2R framework has been written with the needs and interests of Practical Action programme staff in mind.

Haiti - Economy : Micro-insurance for micro-credit

26 July 2011

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is to establish a multi-donor trust fund to support the establishment of a micro-insurance, which aims to provide parametric insurance to protect micro-credit borrowers in Haiti against losses resulting from major natural events.

CDB will act as trustee and administrator of the fund, Micro Insurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation Fund (MiCRO). The Government of the United Kingdom will make an initial contribution of $1.5 millions of dollars to the fund, and it is anticipated that other donors will contribute over the short to medium term.

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Vietnam anthropology expert Georges Condominas dies at 90

25 July 2011

Georges Condominas, a French cultural anthropologist best known for his studies of the ethnic minority people of Mnong in Vietnam's Central Highlands, has died at 90 in France.


The scientist, who was honored by Vietnam government in 2007 for his contributions, died of a heart attack at the Paris-based Broca Hospital on July 17.


Born in the northern city of Hai Phong to a French father and Portuguese Vietnamese mother, Condominas spent many years living in the Mnong Gar people’s village in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak conducting ethnographic research.


In 1957 he published