The open-source Community Risk Assessment and Prioritization toolbox collates open data on a set of vulnerability and coping capacity indicators, combines this with hazard and exposure data to identify priority areas for humanitarian intervention faster.
Humanitarian organizations and governments have to identify the geographic areas that are most affected by a humanitarian disaster or crisis and, within those areas, the individuals that are most in need. This prioritization process is at the core of all humanitarian interventions and equally important for disaster preparedness and risk reduction. It has become increasingly possible to provide rapid impact assessments, such as the predicted damage to houses by a typhoon or flood. Combining this data on the hazard with socio-economic data on the areas that are prone to the hazard has great potential for prioritization. Improving prioritization for hydro-meteorological hazards through data preparedness and modelling will therefore be the focus of their challenge.
The intended outcome of the Community Risk Assessment and Prioritization toolbox is for humanitarian decision makers to use credible and accurate data to identify and prioritize the most at-risk communities during the preparedness phase as well as the most disaster hit areas and affected people in the response phase. The direct impact of the solution is that vulnerable communities at risk are better prepared before a disaster arrives and that they receive, once a disaster hits, timely and adequate humanitarian aid to help meet their primary needs.
Curious to learn more? Have a look at the prototypes for the Philippines, Malawi, and Nepal right here.
The Community Risk Assessment and Prioritization toolbox is online! On this website the team of 510.global explains both the community risk assessment component of the toolbox as well as the priority index model through a detailed walkthrough. You can also see the prototypes itself, for the Philippines, Malawi, and for Nepal.