On 12 April, the first session of the new learning stream on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus took place, jointly organized by ICVA and PHAP. The event explored how humanitarian action can contribute to development and peace efforts and considered some of the risks and challenges involved in changing ways of working and pursuing collective outcomes.

This introductory discussion focused on the main actors and current initiatives aiming to bring together humanitarian, development, and – when appropriate – peace work. The session included presentations by UN and NGO guest experts, who provided their own perspective on working in the “nexus”. 


Nina Nepesova Nina Nepesova Director, Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs (HEA), World Vision International
Priya Gajraj Priya Gajraj UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Senegal
Velina Stoianova Velina Stoianova Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, Emergency Gap Project, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


Angharad Laing Angharad Laing Executive Director, PHAP
Melissa Pitotti Melissa Pitotti Director of Policy and Programmes a.i., ICVA

Recordings and follow-up

Session recording (YouTube - faster loading time)

Session recording (Adobe Connect - higher quality)

Session recording (audio podcast)

Recommended resources

During the event the following resources and websites were mentioned by speakers and participants:

Target audience

This event is relevant for anyone working in crisis response contexts seeking a stronger understanding of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, but is particularly targeted to those working in international and national NGOs. The event is also open to the public.

Learning stream on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus

As part of the learning stream on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, this event was the first session of five live interactive online learning events that ICVA and PHAP will be organizing in the coming months. The purpose of these sessions is to provide NGOs and aid workers with a stronger understanding of the efforts to overcome the divide between the humanitarian, development, and – when appropriate – peace communities. Register for other upcoming sessions:

PHAP Credentialing Program

PHAP Credentialing Program

Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem

The event will address some aspects of segments 1.4 and 1.5 of the certification assessment outline.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program