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A Commonwealth Vulnerability Index for Developing Countries

The Position of Small States

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There is growing international recognition that high economic exposure, remoteness, isolation and proneness to natural disasters all have a debilitating effect on small economies, despite the fact that some of them exhibit relatively high per capita incomes. This paper presents a Commonwealth vulnerability index that is designed to quantify vulnerability, and hence provide a means to identify vulnerable states. This index can be used as an operational tool in determining whether small states should be accorded differential treatment by the international community. It is intended as an additional criterion to augment other factors, such as per capita income, which are taken into account in reaching decisions on the treatment of certain developing countries by international organisations.

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Introduction

There is growing international recognition that high economic exposure, remoteness and isolation, and proneness to natural disasters have a debilitating effect on small economies, despite the fact that some of them exhibit relatively high per capita incomes. The purpose of this paper is to present a Commonwealth vulnerability index that is designed to quantify the vulnerability of a country and hence provide a means to identify vulnerable states. Such an index could be used as an operational tool in determining whether small states should be accorded differential treatment by the international development community.

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