This guide aims to provide a comprehensive guide, for disaster risk reduction in general and particularly for those facilitating vulnerability and capacity assessments (VCA) in the community.


The manual is divided into three sections:

  • The first section: ‘What is VCA’ provides conceptual information and key components, and outlines the main components that guide the Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) facilitator while undertaking the VCA process.
  • The second section: ‘Principles of conducting a VCA’ highlights important links of the VCA tool between development and disaster management. In addition, this section emphasises different approaches of conducting VCAs.
  • The last section: ‘Practical Guide for conducting a VCA’ provides accessible and practical information on different VCA tools and ways to conduct VCAs with the active participation of vulnerable groups. It also provides information on the process of facilitating a VCA in the field. This section serves as the ‘how to’ guide for the facilitators, based on the information provided in the previous two sections.

Usage: Guidance for project implementation

Themes: Disaster preparedness; Risk assessment; Risk reduction / management; Community-based or community participation; Community capacity assessment; Project/programme planning

Audiences: Technical staff

For English version part 2, click here Part 2, size 0.87 MB

For Vietnamese version, click here Tiếng Việt  Part 1, size 0.79 MB and Part 2 size 0.95 MB.

Citation: Vietnam Red Cross (2010). Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA). Manual for Vietnam Red Cross Practitioners Part I & II (pp. 1-48).

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