Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment (PVA)

This page hosts the Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment (PVA) data collected under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), which is part of ICIMOD’s Regional Programme on Adaptation to Change. The data is based on surveys conducted with 8,083 households in four river sub-basins – the Koshi in Nepal, the Eastern Brahmaputra in India, the Upper Indus in Pakistan, and the Salween-Mekong in China. The purpose of the survey is to enable a multidimensional identification and assessment of vulnerable households and communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The data from the assessment will be used in research and strategic planning for adaptation.

The Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment (PVA) is a household level, large-scale assessment of livelihood vulnerability and its determinants, and the adaptive capacities of people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. ICIMOD developed this tool over the last decade by adapting and field-testing globally recognized approaches for socioeconomic and livelihood vulnerability assessments.


Geographical regions and sample size covered in PVA


The Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) is implemented jointly by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GRID-Arendal and the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO), in collaboration with local partners, and is funded by the governments of Norway and Sweden.