After extensive analysis for generating how human vulnerability would be literally defined, our volunteers researched, modeled, and developed a city-based Human Vulnerability Index (HVI) that could be added as a new dimension to the City Prosperity Index. They determined that the HVI could be divided into three primary components: susceptibility, lack of coping capacity, and lack of adaptability capacity with each consisting of many subcomponents.
The three primary components are important because they help to give insight into how a population would use its own resources to manage emergencies (in the short- and long-term), how they would be affected by harm/damage of a potential hazard and how they would adapt to this change in environment. Furthermore, this information gives a city the tools to analyze how it compares against other cities, and identify areas where additional resources would have the greatest impact in reducing the vulnerability of their citizens. The PBA volunteers then finalized and published their model in Microsoft Excel and populated it with select data fields provided by the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). The model will help enable the Global Urban Observatory (GUO) team at UN-Habitat to accurately calculate a city-based Human Vulnerability Index for use in their current and future City Prosperity Index publications. In this context, data driven decisions literally save lives.