Understanding and acting on the links between humanitarian, development and peace actions can help to better address and reduce needs. The European Development Days are a great opportunity to discuss the humanitarian-development-peace nexus at the EU level and to foster exchanges between NGOs and the EU. This session will focus on offering different perspectives on the enablers and pitfalls of nexus programming and on how to reduce vulnerabilities;strengthen national, regional and local capacities; avoid doing harm; build resilience; and address the root causes of crises. Representatives from NGOs, the EU and EU Member States from across the humanitarian, development and peace fields will have an open space to share their views on how to better operationalise the nexus in protracted, fragile and conflict-affected contexts.
Applying a nexus approach to transcend the humanitarian-development divide
How differently do we need to work to leave no one behind?
The nexus of humanitarian, development and peace-building actions is working badly – It needs better and more flexible operational structures and coordination.
Humanitarian missions are often too long and development missions too short.
The humanitarian “ask” has risen from EUR 8 billion a year to EUR 20 billion a year.
Bilateral actors, especially state governments, need to be more closely involved and cooperative rather than dismissive and/or coercive with development, humanitarian and peace building representatives.
There needs to be better joint risk analysis. Too many risks currently exist where principled humanitarian actions run into complex political and military emergencies, where the State is often a main source of violence and corruption.