The 2019 Watchlist was developed by building on methodologies implemented in previous years to identify countries at risk of humanitarian crisis in the coming year. The methods used for the 2020 Watchlist are described here to ensure transparency and reproducibility.

The main steps for developing and ranking this year’s Watchlist were:

1. Source selection

2. Indicator selection

3. Identification of long-list countries

4. Defining and selecting dimensions

5. Score card development

6. Calculating dimensional scores

7. Combining dimensional scores

8. Qualitative review of countries

9. Ranking the top 10 countries