Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment Tool Makes On-the-Ground Data from the Region Easily Accessible


With support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ICIMOD developed a Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment Tool (PVAT) to capture the micro-level perspective of mountain peoples’ experiences with poverty and vulnerability and to monitor poverty and vulnerability trends on the ground using current data. The PVAT intends to influence the policy making process through the collection of representative and quantitative data to verify and substantiate earlier macro-level and qualitative findings. Furthermore, the PVAT will be utilized to build an extensive mountain-specific database. The generation of primary data helps to fill in gaps and gather information on a number of mountain-specific indicators that hold institutional relevance and are often missing from available datasets, providing a one-of-a-kind monitoring system to capture evolving socioeconomic realities on the ground.

The first poverty and vulnerability assessment was carried out in nine districts of Nepal in collaboration with the Nepal Development and Research Institute (NDRI) in April and May 2011. It covered 3,437 households and is representative on a district level. The aim was to monitor areas where communities are considered highly vulnerable; thus, the districts were selected based on the occurrence of natural disasters and hazards as well as small area estimates of poverty and nutrition provided by the National Planning Commission of the Government of Nepal and the World Food Programme. The households were selected using multistage random sampling.

The PVAT 2011 website presents a picture of the situation of the poor and vulnerable people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Descriptive tables of all PVAT 2011 indicators differentiated by district can be downloaded. 

Visit the PVAT 2011 website