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Workshop Report: Methodology and Training Workshop on Household Assets Vulnerability Assessment (HAVA), previously Househould Vulnerability Index (HVI), for Quantifying Impact of HIV and AIDS on Rural Livelihoods
Farm Inn Pretoria, South Africa
28 September 2006 - 29 September 2006
Tendayi Kureya (Consultant, Development Data Consultants)
Southern Africa Trust, Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Executive Summary

The Household Vulnerability Index Methodology and Training Workshop was held from the 28-29th of September 2006 at Farm Inn, Pretoria South Africa. The workshop had 12 participants representing 6 SADC countries, i.e., Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The workshop was organized by FANRPAN, with funding support from Southern Africa Trust and collaborative assistance from SADC.

During the two day workshop, issues related to the successful development of a widely accepted approach to quantifying vulnerability were discussed. These included: the identification and recognition of the existence of a gap in implementation of vulnerability assessments, food security and livelihoods programmes; the common sharing of the benefits that could arise from the use of the Household Assets Vulnerability Assessment (HAVA), previously Househould Vulnerability Index (HVI), model; the importance of partnerships and collaboration in the successful development and implementation of the model; and the challenges that exist in model development in terms of appropriate indicators to be used in the HAVA computations and acceptability of the model among the major consumers, i.e., the civil society sector, academic and research institutes, universities, international development organizations, private sector, government, etc.

The workshop was participatory in nature, with the participants mainly contributing to the plenary sessions that allowed the exploration and sharing of ideas among country representatives. Participants were also concerned with the wider applicability and adaptability of the model to their specific environments. A programme of activities to be followed until the finalization of the study was also developed and endorsed by the participants. Each of the participants committed herself or himself to working closely with FANRPAN in developing the HAVA model and also to act as FANRPAN focal points in their respective countries and organizations.

Over the coming three months, the study will be conducted in the three identified SADC countries with input from the reference groups at every stage of the study. The lead researchers Tendayi Kureya (Zimbabwe), Moses Sithole (Swaziland) and Makhala Khoeli (Lesotho) have to work closely to ensure the successful implementation of the study. Evaluation of the workshop by participants was positive and they indicated that they were pleased to be part of this important regional initiative.

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