May 25, 2022

New Open Source Assessment Tool for Understanding Risk Of Humanitarian Crises And Disasters

Made available by the by the Joint Research Center (JRC), European Commission:

From Today’s Announcement:

The first global open-source risk assessment tool for humanitarian crises and disasters was launched today. INFORM (Index for Risk Management) is designed to support decisions about prevention, preparedness and response, helping humanitarian actors to align their actions in order to reduce crisis and disaster risk and to build resilience. It is the result of joint efforts of a partnership of international organisations and governments, including the JRC.


INFORM is a risk index that identifies where crises requiring international assistance may occur and analyses that risk so it can be better managed by everyone. It can be used to prioritise between countries by risks, to decide how to prepare and reduce risks, and to monitor risk trends. INFORM can also be used to measure risks at sub-national level. The INFORM partners are working with regional and national counterparts to develop region- and country-specific versions of INFORM.

INFORM simplifies a large quantity of information about risks into a simple risk profile for each country – for a total of 191 countries. It combines around 50 different indicators that measure natural and human hazards (events that could occur), vulnerability (the susceptibility of communities to those hazards) and capacity (resources available that can alleviate the impact). The results and data are freely available.

Note: Access to this resource requires free registration. (Click Login Button at the Top of the INFORM Site)

Direct to Interactive Map (Access Without Registration)

Direct to INFORM Country Risk Profiles For 191 Countries

Direct to INFORM Website

Direct to INFORM User Guide and INFORM FAQ

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