FERDI is involved in the analysis of developing countries' vulnerability in its different forms (economic, climatic, and socio-political), measurement of vulnerability, and the use that can be made of the corresponding indicators for international policy.
FERDI has long been involved in developing and updating vulnerability indicators. This activity aims to keep the debate on the concept of vulnerability alive, and to ensure that it is illustrated by indicators whose properties are compatible with their use in international institutions, particularly in the context of non-concessional resource allocation. FERDI's influencing activities are reflected in numerous institutional collaborations, with the African Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the United Nations and its Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). Within the framework of these collaborations, FERDI uses its recognised expertise validated by high-level publications and is called upon to assist in the development of new vulnerability indicators.
Substantial contributions to the Commonwealth Secretariat's report proposing a universal vulnerability index and to the UN report published for the development of a multidimensional vulnerability index, which is expected to be the subject of substantial discussion in 2022 and in which FERDI will be actively involved.
New Multi-Dimensional Vulnerability Index. In 2022, FERDI is coordinating the UN High Panel (10 members) for the implementation of the Multi-Dimensional Vulnerability Index.