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Albert Persaud, Geraint Day, Dinesh Bhugra, João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia, Julio Torales, K. Valsraj, Vishal Bhavsar, Cameron Watson, Elliot Clissold, Antonio Ventriglio

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020

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The Compassion, Assertive action, Pragmatism and Evidence (CAPE) Vulnerability Index is a global foreign policy index which has been used to identify countries which require foreign aid and how that can be prioritized. The Index offers an evidenced, structured, and reasoned approach to using aid in bi-lateral agreements with mental health as a foundation. This study used 26 internationally available and validated indicators to explore and perform the analysis leading to the development of the Index. As with many summary statistics used to describe matters across the globe there has to be a fundamental reliance on national reporting or gathering of the underlying information used in their derivation, although their reliability may be in question and, in addition, such an exercise can be refined and repeated every year. It is concluded that the countries which score worse on the Index are likely to be failed states or fragile states: countries where the governments do not have complete control or authority. Such governments can often be repressive and corrupt, may participate in serious human rights abuses, and are characterized by conflict of various forms. These governments are also likely to suffer disadvantage as a result of extremes of climate changes, extreme poverty, inequality, social and ethnic divisions, the inability to provide basic services, and suffer from pockets of insurgency in the form of terrorism, which are often violent and brutal.

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