Bangladesh University of Professionals Journal BANGLADESH UNIVERSITY OF PROFESSIONALS JOURNAL
Article Info: BUP JOURNAL, Volume - 8, Issue - 1, June - 2020, Volume - 8, Issue - 1, Article #3
Publish Date: June 1, 2020
Authors(S): 1. Jinat Ara Nasrin 2. Saadmaan Jubayer Khan 3. Dr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman
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Keywords: Social vulnerability, Strength-based social vulnerability index, SSVI, Sense of community, Social support
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Abstract

Hazard and social vulnerability are closely related. The traditional approach for social vulnerability assessment is focused on a community’s weakness and overlooked the community’s resourcefulness to minimize their vulnerability. This study employs an improvised approach for determining the community’s social vulnerability based on the Strength-based Social Vulnerability Index (SSVI). This approach considers the strength and resourcefulness of the community to assess their vulnerability. The purpose of the study is to determine the applicability of this approach in Bangladesh perspective. Two study areas were selected in Mirpur, Dhaka city. A Field survey was conducted to collect demographic and socio-economic information. SSVI was applied to compute and then compare the social vulnerability between these two areas. Once the index is constructed, aggregated and standardized properly, the result is visualized using the ArcGIS 10.3. The results confirm that the SSVI approach can be applicable in Bangladeshi environment. However, other aspects (education, social status) can be considered for better vulnerability assessment.