On 28 November, SIPRI co-organized an event on the implementation of the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding nexus at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency’s (Sida) headquarters. The event focused on challenges and opportunities when it comes to working with the triple nexus in the field. The discussions were illustrated by experiences from the field from three international non-governmental organizations that are supported by Sida to implement the nexus: Islamic Relief Worldwide, the International Rescue Committee and the Norwegian Refugee Council.
During the event, Sigrún Rawet, SIPRI Deputy Director, delivered opening remarks and moderated the subsequent panel discussion. SIPRI’s Dr Marina Caparini provided an overview of the concept of the triple nexus and, in connection with the event, also published a Topical Backgrounder on the topic. Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board, concluded the event.
Key takeaways from the discussions included the need for actors in the field to tailor approaches to specific contexts and for conflict-sensitive analysis. Recognising the importance of guidelines from national capitals and headquarters of international organizations, the involvement and empowerment of local communities in emergency environments was emphasized. A remaining challenge is that funding structures are still very divided between development, humanitarian and peacebuilding, which forces implementing actors to follow suit. The importance of flexible multi-year funding is key.
The event was co-organized with Islamic Relief Worldwide, the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Sida.
Watch the live stream of the event here.