We’re working with 15 communities in Vanuatu to ensure that development is informed by the perspectives of people most at risk.


Random household surveys


Civil society surveys


Local government surveys

Key findings and conclusions at the national level

  • Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation need to be institutionalised in the government’s development planning processes, and budgets for building resilience at the local level need to be allocated
  • Communities need to be consulted while assessments, planning, implementation and monitoring of risk reduction plans and activities are undertaken
  • Aside from traditional hazards risks of cyclones, floods, water shortages, pollution and climate change, communities are also experiencing an increased risk from social vulnerabilities like violence, unemployment, discrimination, alcoholism, drug addiction and human right violations

Surveys undertaken in Vanuatu

Our Views from the Frontline surveys in Vanuatu were undertaken in 2019.

Who was surveyed?

We surveyed 640 random households, 151 civil society organisations, 148 local government representatives, and undertook 78 community consultations.

Risk locations prioritised

We prioritised two risk areas:

  • Efate Urban
  • Efate Rural

Communities surveyed

We surveyed people from 15 communities: Ohlen Mataso, Sea Side Paama, Sea Side Tongoa, Nambatri Bakery, Namburu Park, Ohlen Fresh Wind, Fres Water Survival, Simbolo Red Light, Black Sand Area, Lelepa Island, Saama Village, Emua Village, Manples Area, Mangaliliu Village, Siviri Village.

“Most of the time civil society organisations and the government develop policies which never work as they never consult with communities on their priority needs. People are part of a community and they are the ones who will take the lead in policy implementation.”

Community respondent from Samma Village, Vanuatu

Our impact

Activities undertaken in response to community-level findings and conclusions

  • Training provided to communities on disaster risk reduction techniques and protection, and climate change issues
  • Awareness raising workshops delivered to communities to raise awareness of drug abuse and alcoholism
  • Water management issues addressed by purchasing water tanks and collaborating with the rural water supply department to drill new water sources
  • Livelihoods training provided to youth and women through “Ready for Business” and “Ready for Work” programmes, along with the provision of fishing gear, sewing training and food safety

Impact of activities

  • The participation of youth in employment has lead to a reduction in alcoholism, domestic violence, crime and drug abuse
  • Communities actively participate during planning, assessment, implementation and monitoring led by the government to address disaster risks and threats
  • Improved livelihoods for women ensured through training and capacity building

Our project partners in Vanuatu

Our Views from the Frontline programme is implemented by GNDR member organisations and partners in the country.

National coordinating organisation

  • Vanuatu Christian Council

Partner organisations

  • Anglican Church
  • Catholic Church

View all data from Vanuatu

You can view all our Views from the Frontline survey data using our data dashboard. You can also learn more about our methodology for selecting at-risk areas and survey respondents.

Project funded by

European Union

Our Views from the Frontline project is funded by the European Union (EU). Content related to this project on our website was made possible by the support of the EU. All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.

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Photo credit

Photo by Adli Wahid on Unsplash .