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INFORM Risk Index: Development deprivation

Understanding why and where humanitarian disasters are likely to occur is a fundamental step in saving lives and promoting sustainable development. The main focus of humanitarian organizations is people. The Vulnerability dimension of the INFORM Risk Index (global risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters) addresses the predispositions of a population to be affected by hazard (economic, political and social characteristics of the community). It is assumed that the more developed a country is the better its people will be able to respond to humanitarian needs using their own individual or national resources. The Development Deprivation component is a composite indicator that includes the Human Poverty Index (HDI), which measures development by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income, and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which identifies overlapping deprivations at the household level across the same three dimensions and shows the average number of poor people and deprivations with which poor households contend. The risk score ranges from 0-10, where 10 is the highest risk.

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INFORM. 2020. INFORM Risk Index 2021. INFORM is a collaboration of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Risk, Early Warning and Preparedness and the European Commission. The European Commission Joint Research Centre is the scientific lead of INFORM.


The INFORM Risk Index is a composite index, which is a simplified view of reality. Therefore, it should be used in conjunction with other sources of information. Methodology and detailed discussion of limitations are available at:

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