Tool 6 – Establish the Scope and Scale of Assessment

Tool 6 helps establish the scale and scope of the risk assessment by prompting users to consider the conflict environment, security provisioning, governance, socio-economic and physical environmental conditions of a project in a particular country or region. In some instances a basic assessment may be all that is required and in other cases, a very thorough assessment will be necessary.

Step Guide


Download the self-assessment worksheet 2.1 (p25)


Consider each question in the left hand column


As you answer the questions, deliberate current, recent, past and potential incidents


Remember to examine information sources from Annex F (p87)


Review the number of responses you answered “yes”


If there are many, this may imply that a more detailed risk assessment is required. Any “yes” could be an indicator of sources of potential risk and should be thoroughly assessed

When to conduct a risk assessment?

In any project, in order to mitigate or completely avoid problems, risk assessments should be started as early as possible.

  • When considering a project – A VPs risk assessment can help identify specific risks. It can be used alongside, or as part of a broader political or country risk assessment
  • At the outset of a new project – project specific VPs risk assessment should be conducted as early as possible
  • Alongside a major decision – mergers, acquisitions, expansions etc may all be appropriate times to conduct or renew a VPs risk assessment
  • When a major external event has occurred or is about to occur – major changes in external circumstances such as a change in government, outbreak of conflict, an economic crisis, or a political or policy decision, may bring about the need for a VPs risk assessment

Community, Economics, Environment, Ethical Business, Management, Rehabilitation

Gaining necessary context to inform effective risk assessments

Obtaining background information to make informed decisions before entering a country