Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in the Onesi constituency, Omusati region, Namibia: towards improving livelihood adaptation to climate change

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in the Onesi constituency, Omusati region, Namibia: towards improving livelihood adaptation to climate change

Semi-arid regions in Namibia are characterised by high rainfall variability, persistent droughts and floods, and extreme temperatures. In addition, there is weak governance and structural inequalities that exacerbate the vulnerability of communities.

In March 2016 ASSAR’s southern Africa researchers – from the University of Namibia and University of Cape Town – held a two-day Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) workshop in the Omusati Region, Namibia.
The workshop was attended by various government officials, Constituency Development Committee members, local community members, farmer associations, CBOs, NGOs and academics, collectively known as the VRA Knowledge Group (KG).

The VRA process aims to develop a common understanding among various stakeholders of the main hazards and issues affecting those living in a given socio-ecological landscape. This is done in order to design measures that reduce risk, enhance wellbeing and promote resilience to hazards in the landscape.

Oxfam's VRA methodology was applied over two days, in a series of four steps including:

  • an Initial Vulnerability Analysis (IVA)
  • an Impact Chain Analysis (ICA)
  • an Adaptive Capacity Analysis (ACA), and
  • alignment of findings with opportunities
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