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Event name

Book Launch: Vulnerability in Developing Countries

Address
Overseas Development Institute, 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London
Date
26 February 2010 12:30 - 14:00
Contact person

Wim Naudé - Co-editor of book and Senior Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER

Amelia U. Santos-Paulino - Co-editor of book and Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER

Haiti’s earthquake, the global financial crisis and the Asian tsunami are three instances of natural and human-made disasters, which have had devastating consequences  on the developing world. Climate change and ever increasing urban populations may further increase vulnerability to hazards in developing countries. Women and children are especially at risk.

WIDER's UNU-Press publication 'Vulnerability in Developing Countries', edited by Wim  Naudé, Amelia Santos-Paulino and Mark McGillivray was formally launched in London on 26 February 2010. The launch was hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and attended by participants working in academia, in government, in the NGO sector, the press, and by students.

The event was also webcast live to a global audience, and more than 40 participants from across the world registered for the webcast. During the launch, presentations were given by the editors, Wim Naudé and Amelia Santos-Paulino. Wim addressed the apparent rise in human vulnerabilities to diverse hazards, such as natural hazards, conflict and economic and financial crises since the 1990s, and illustrated how the various chapters of the book addresses the measurement of vulnerability, vulnerability to poverty, to ill-health, to natural hazards and to economic shocks. Amelia laid emphasis in her presentation on applying the book's frameworks of vulnerability and resilience to the situation facing small island development states. Tim Conway from the UK's Department of Foreign and International Development (DFID) acted as discussant, stressing that this is a 'very useful book coming at a very good time'. After his remarks, the floor was opened for questions and discussions, and various related UNU-WIDER publications on the topic of vulnerability, small island states and resilience, were flagged.

'Vulnerability in Developing Countries', London, 26 February 2010
From left to right: Caroline Harper, Amelia Santos-Paulino and Wim Naudé, at the launch of the book 'Vulnerability in Developing Countries', London, 26 February 2010
 

Speakers:

Wim Naudé - Co-editor of book and Senior Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
Amelia U. Santos-Paulino - Co-editor of book and Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER

Discussants:

Tim Conway - Senior Advisor on Social Protection, DFID

Chair:
Caroline Harper - Programme Leader, ODI

Related reading:

Mark McGillivray, Wim Naudé and Amelia Santos-Paulino, 2008.'Small Island States Development Challenges: Introduction', Journal of International Development, 20 (4): 481-85.
Wim Naudé, Amelia Santos-Paulino and Mark McGillivray, 2009. 'Measuring Vulnerability: An Overview and Introduction'Oxford Development Studies,  37 (3): 183-91.
Wim Naudé, Amelia Santos-Paulino, and Mark McGillivray, 2008. 'Vulnerability in Developing Countries', UNU Research Brief, United Nations University.
Wim Naudé, Amelia Santos-Paulino, and Mark McGillivray, 2008. 'Fragile States', UNU Research Brief, United Nations University.