This report is a compilation of executive summaries from the research findings of eight projects, which involve the work of eleven United Nations Agencies, conducted and completed under the Rapid Impact and Vulnerability Assessment Fund (RIVAF) between 2010 and 2011. The topics represented in these research projects present a unique view of how the global economic crisis has affected a variety of different sectors across the globe. Taken as a whole, the results provide a sobering lesson in the variety of ways that vulnerability manifests in the wake of economic shocks—from increasing crime to the introduction of informal school fees to an increased willingness to undertake unsafe migration. The findings also highlight the variety of populations who are affected—from those dependent on remittances in Colombia, to migrant workers in the tourism sector in the Maldives, to cattle farmers in Ethiopia.
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