On 12 April, ICVA and PHAP organized the first online session of their new learning stream on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, with more than 300 live participants engaging in a discussion with guest experts Nina Nepesova (World Vision International), Priya Gajraj (UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Senegal), and Velina Stoianova (Médecins Sans Frontières).
The event, titled The "nexus" explained: How and when do humanitarian, development, and peace action come together?, was aimed at introducing the audience to the concept of the “triple nexus” and how it is approached from different actors active in it. Nina Nepesova started off with a presentation addressing and explaining the momentum of the current policy discussions related to the nexus that are trying to find effective solutions to people’s vulnerabilities and limit the fragmentation and “siloed approaches” between sectors. She also highlighted the need to involve the civil society in this process, and to look for a common understanding of the situations where we work and of the terminology that we use.
Her intervention was followed by Priya Gajraj, who provided insights from her experience in the Sahel and Senegal on the need to include peace when considering integrated work. She described the relevance that the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) could have in the future in a more multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral approach, centered on people’s needs and vulnerabilities and collective outcomes that all humanitarian, development, and peace actors can support.
In her presentation, Velina Stoianova delved further into the issue of the “emergency gap. ” stemming from the lack of resources, access, and timely action during humanitarian crises. She pointed out that the increasing pressure to align humanitarian assistance with longer-term objectives could risk compromising humanitarian principles when working simultaneously towards political and development goals, and thus risk politicizing aid. She also stressed some operational risks related to further integration, such as endangering those working outside government-controlled areas, shrinking the humanitarian space, or creating a protection gap among those who need it the most. However, she also recognized some opportunities related to the nexus, as it could allow a greater presence of development work in protracted crises, and increase multi-year programming expertise and unearmarked funding.
If you missed the event, you can now find the audio and video recordings of the presentations and Q&A session at phap.org/12apr2018
Learning stream on humanitarian financing
This event was the first session of a series of 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 humanitarian, development, and – when appropriate – peace action.
Register now for other upcoming sessions on this topic:
- 24 May - The World Bank and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus
- 8 June - UN reform: The link to the "nexus" and what it means for non-UN actors
- 19 July - Perspectives of peacebuilding actors in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus