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Vulnerability Profile of Mali
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2005 (English)Report (Other academic)Alternative title
Profil de Vulnérabilité du Mali (French)
Abstract [en]

Mali is the 19th most vulnerable of the 141 countries ranked1 by the Global Leaders for TomorrowEnvironment Task Force (2002). This means the country is vulnerable to stresses which, ifnot addressed, could be disastrous at both the household and national level. Vulnerability isa reflection of human capacity to cope with risks or shocks (see Box 1). Those who are leastvulnerable cope the best and enjoy security, while the opposite applies to those households,communities and broader populations who are most vulnerable and who stand to lose the mostfrom the effects of environmental change (UNEP, 2002). In participatory poverty assessments,the poor regularly identify vulnerability as a crucial dimension of poverty (Kanbur & Squire,1999). In this study, part of Sida’s country strategy planning process in Mali, I discuss thetypes of threats present in Mali, why people are sensitive to those threats and how they dealwith them. I also look at how variations within society and geographical location shapevulnerability.

A more thorough understanding of vulnerability may help support to be targeted so as toincrease people’s resilience to stresses, thus decreasing the number of people who are, and whoare at risk of becoming, poor. A vulnerability assessment is therefore an important elementof development assistance and policy formulations for sustainable development. Many ofthe issues discussed here relate to the process of achieving the United Nations DevelopmentProgramme’s Millennium Goals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm Environment Institute , 2005. , 36 p.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19499ISBN: 91-9752-376-3OAI: diva2:225235
Available from: 2009-10-20 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2010-04-16Bibliographically approved

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