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Vulnerability Assessment of Developing Countries: The Case of Small-island Developing States

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This article puts forward a spatial perspective in framing the methodology for vulnerability assessment (VA) of developing countries, with special reference to small-island developing states (SIDS). Geographic vulnerability from a developing-world perspective is defined by the country's susceptibility to physical and human pressures, risks and hazards in temporal and spatial contexts. In constructing the composite vulnerability index (CVI), four core indicators are selected as sub-indices. The study confirms the vulnerability of SIDS based on four dimensions, namely, coastal index (G1), peripherality index (G2), urbanisation indicator (G3) and vulnerability to natural disasters (G4), and advocates consideration of place vulnerability and temporal distinctions when assessing the vulnerability of SIDS in particular. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Rosario Turvey, 2007. "Vulnerability Assessment of Developing Countries: The Case of Small-island Developing States," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 25(2), pages 243-264, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:2:p:243-264
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    8. Chi Zhang & Yuntao Wang & Yu Li & Wei Ding, 2017. "Vulnerability Analysis of Urban Drainage Systems: Tree vs. Loop Networks," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(3), pages 1-18, March.
    9. Angeon, Valérie & Bates, Samuel, 2015. "Reviewing Composite Vulnerability and Resilience Indexes: A Sustainable Approach and Application," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 72(C), pages 140-162.
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