Doctors without Borders (MSF) and the CHA are hosting a roundtable under Chatham House Rule to discuss with other humanitarian and multi-mandate organisations how the Triple Nexus (Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus) is working in conflict zones and how this approach is affecting humanitarian action.
The aim of the Triple Nexus is to link humanitarian action more closely with development goals and peace measures in order to prevent crises more effectively, address them earlier and overcome them more sustainably through coherent measures. Hence it goes beyond the LRRD approach of “linking relief, rehabilitation and development”, which has been discussed for many years, and extends far into security policy issues. Among the Nexus pilot countries of the UN and the EU are a number of the so called complex crises like Nigeria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.
The Triple nexus roundtable is not trying to shed new light on the macro-political side of the Nexus debate or the German institutional structure, but to take a closer look at local practices: Can the Nexus be realized under the most complex conditions? Under which conditions is this desirable? Where does it reach its limits? Are there examples of more effective emergency aid thanks to an integrated approach? Is it negatively affecting humanitarian operations by diverting attention and resources away from fast and effective response?
Based on country examples in the first part of the roundtable, we will look at the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Nexus in practice in the second part.
MSF is one of the institutional partner of the CHA and is a co-host of this event.