chapter  8
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From Vulnerability to Empowerment

ByAnnelies Heijmans

Disaster response agencies increasingly use the concept of ‘vulnerability’ to analyse processes that lead to disasters and to identify responses. Because no common definition of ‘vulnerability’ exists, agencies use the concept in the way that best fits their practice – in other words, focusing on physical and economic vulnerability. In most assessments, however, the stories of the affected communities are not included.