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Triple Nexus

Since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Triple Nexus has had a high priority in the humanitarian reform debate. The declared goal of the Triple Nexus approach is to improve the linkages between humanitarian aid, development cooperation, and peacebuilding. 

This CHA research project contributed to enriching the predominantly abstract Triple Nexus debate with concrete examples of local practices while looking at it from a humanitarian standpoint. The research results on the Peace Nexus were made available in the form of country studies, a Nexus publication, and a CHA conference on 26-27 October 2020. The project was complemented by a Triple Nexus evaluation for the German NGO Welthungerhilfe.

Contact person: Andrea Steinke

Ralf Südhoff at HDP Conference



On 16 January, Ralf Südhoff will speak at the HDP Conference of the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (bicc) on Panel 2 on the topic “Are there conditions under which the HDP should not be implemented?”

CHA Conference 2024

04.06.2024 00:00 - 23:59


The CHA Conference 2024 will focus on the topic “Climate & humanitarian crises and the lack of a joint response – Needs, narratives and necessities”. Register now!

Sonja Hövelmann at zif Workshop on HDP Nexus



Sonja Hövelmann takes part in a workshop organised by the Centre for International Peace Operations on opportunities, challenges and approaches to implementing the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus at country level.

Andrea Steinke on the Triple Nexus



On 27 March, Andrea Steinke will give an input on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus at Kindernothilfe.

Andrea Steinke on German national radio about Haiti



CHA expert Andrea Steinke talks about Haiti on German national radio’s “Weltzeit” program on February 20.

Andrea Steinke at the expert discussion of the Platform for Civil Conflict Prevention



On 2 February 2023 CHA researcher Andrea Steinke gives an input on the further development of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus at the online expert discussion “Rethinking Crisis Prevention – What Civilian Objectives Do We Need to Strengthen Germany’s Role in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding?”.

European Network Retreat

06.10.2022 00:00 - 23:59


In October, as part of the SPreAD Europe project, CHA invited to another networking meeting of European humanitarian thinktanks in France, hosted by the Groupe URD.

The triple nexus in practice: challenges and proposals for the Spanish cooperation

28.06.2022 16:00 - 17:30


The IECAH presents its report «The triple nexus in practice: challenges and proposals for the Spanish cooperation». CHA director Ralf Südhoff will share the German experiences with this approach.

Recovery in Arab Least Developed Countries

Recovery in Arab Least Developed Countries

16.03.2022 10:00 - 11:30


Triple Nexus and taking stock of COVID recovery efforts in Arab LDCs: Ralf Südhoff is invited to discuss at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD).

Germany and Mali after a troop withdrawal – a chance for principle-guided humanitarian action?



With the announced withdrawal of French troops from Mali, the international situation in the West African country is changing. The German decision on the presence of Bundeswehr soldiers is now pending and can be an opportunity, particularly for principle-guided humanitarian action.[German]

CHA studies Triple Nexus in the Chad Basin



The Centre for Humanitarian Action has been contracted to evaluate the nexus component of Plan International’s Lake Chad Programme Strategy. The project fits into the CHA work focus “Nexus in Practice” and gains insights into the practical implementation and challenges of the Triple Nexus.

Towards a nexus that works? Joining forces in protracted conflicts

17.06.2021 15:00 - 16:30


On 17 June 2021, CHA and ICRC have hosted an online event on the topic of water and sanitation in contexts of crises with linkages to the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus.

The Triple Nexus in Mali: Coordination, Securitisation and Blurred Lines


publicationsThe current situation in Mali – protracted displacement crisis, armed conflict, staggering rates of food insecurity - is a case in point for the problems envisioned to be tackled by the Triple Nexus approach with its primary intention to “leave no one behind” by better aligning humanitarian, development and peace activities. Andrea Steinke, Research Fellow at CHA, also addresses the Malian context as a looking glass for the variety of challenges and dilemmas inscribed into the concept of the Triple Nexus.
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Recordings of #CHATripleNexus conference available now



From 26-27 October 2020, CHA has organised the international conference “Triple Nexus in Practice – What about Peace?”. Here you can revisit the conference or if you missed a particular session, re-watch the video compilation individually.

The Triple Nexus in Practice: Challenges and Options for Multi-Mandated Organisations


publicationsTo take a strategic decision on the way forward, aid agencies are advised to look into three spaces identified by the CHAvocado model: The organisational internal space, the local civil space, as well as the macro space including international actors. Building on this spatial analysis, this research has identified three options for aid organisations on how to engage in the Triple Nexus: a core approach, a proactive approach, and a criteria-based local approach and their respective pros and cons.

Triple Nexus in South Sudan: Learning from Local Opportunities


publicationsSouth Sudan is a poignant case study for understanding the opportunities and the more controversial ideas within the Triple Nexus. The characteristics of the protracted crisis in the country, its root causes and the long-standing experience with a pragmatic, integrated approach on community level make the Triple Nexus for local actors an interesting way forward.

Triple Nexus in Pakistan: Catering to a governmental narrative or enabling independent humanitarian action?


publicationsPakistan – an interesting case to study the so-called Triple Nexus approach, given the country’s frequent exposure to climate-related disasters and to extensive experience in civil-military cooperation. In this paper, CHA Research Fellow Sonja Hövelmann traces contingencies of previous humanitarian interventions in Pakistan and analyses how they shape today’s relations among different stakeholders critical for effective collaboration under a Triple Nexus framework.

Interview with Dabagaï Dabagaï on the Triple Nexus



Dabagaï Dabagaï, Country Director of Action against Hunger in Mali, explains in this interview why she finds the peace component of the Triple Nexus problematic and how COVID-19 affects her daily work.

Recording of CHA webinar #TripleNexus online now



The video recording of CHA’s webinar “The Triple Nexus – Threat or Opportunity for the Humanitarian Principles?” from May 14, 2020 is online. Watch it here.

Triple Nexus – Threat or Opportunity for the Humanitarian Principles?


publicationsIn this CHA discussion paper, Marc DuBois outlines the potential for the Triple Nexus to improve the humanitarian sector’s operational impact and its respect for its principles.

"The Triple Nexus highlights many dilemmas of humanitarian action". Interview with Andrea Steinke on the Triple Nexus



In this interview, which is part of the interview series “Faces around CHA”, CHA Research Fellow Andrea Steinke explains what the Triple Nexus is about and what challenges the humanitarian community is facing.

Triple Nexus - to go


publicationsIn CHA's new publication series "... to go", complex topics of humanitarian assistance are explained briefly and easily understandable. In this first issue, the much-discussed and at the same time often vague, undefined Triple Nexus is to be unravelled.

Triple Nexus – a donor-driven dynamic?



Is the Triple Nexus a donor-driven agenda? CHA’s third discussion on the Triple Nexus, which took place on 10 March 2020, in cooperation with VENRO, focused on the European donor landscape. An event review.


Triple Nexus in Mali. An event review.



Everybody is talking about the Triple Nexus. But what exactly does it mean in practice to bring together humanitarian action, development and peace work? On November 28, the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) hosted its second event on this subject. This time, Anaïde Nahikian from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and CHA-Research Fellow Andrea Steinke discussed the case of Mali.

Triple Nexus Welthungerhilfe

CHA wins tender concerning Triple Nexus evaluation



CHA has won a tender from Welthungerhilfe for an evaluation concerning the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus. The evaluation fits into the CHA project “Nexus in Practice” and includes several case studies.

Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus Protokoll

Triple Nexus in Practice: Minutes of the Roundtable



The minutes of the Roundtable discussion about the Triple Nexus (Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus) on 12/06/2019 can be read here.