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Implementation of the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding nexus

Implementation of the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding nexus
Group of children in Gaza in front of building needing repair. Photo: Natalia Cieslik/World Bank

SIDA headquarters (Conference Room), Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm

Poverty, conflict, fragility and forced displacement are deeply interlinked and must be addressed in a coherent and comprehensive way. The notion of collaborating across sectors has received considerable attention for several decades, however, issues of conflict and fragility on the ground are now more complex, dynamic and protracted. In recent years, increased focus has been placed on the ‘triple nexus’, a consensus building on the interdependencies and complementarities that exist between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding work. The triple nexus recognizes the importance of tackling the root causes and drivers of conflict, in parallel to responding to the urgent needs of the local population, especially in protracted crises. 

The event will discuss institutional responses that apply nexus approaches and principles, reinforced with case studies and experiences from the field. Three international non-governmental organizations—supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)—have made progress in conceptualizing and operationalizing the humanitarian–development–peacebuilding nexus in their work: the International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Norwegian Refugee Council. 

Speakers from these institutions will discuss nexus approaches and strategies to peacebuilding and conflict prevention, sharing practical insights from implementation, including outcomes, challenges and opportunities for programming in fragile and conflict-affected settings across the triple nexus. The event seeks to encourage information sharing and joint learning and will enhance technical understanding through interactive dialogue, providing clarity on questions such as: How is the Triple Nexus to be operationalized in practice? What are the challenges and opportunities in specific protracted crises contexts? How can triple nexus interventions adapt to the dynamic political, social and economic realities in fragile contexts? 

The Global Learning Breakfast Meeting is co-organized with the International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief Worldwide, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Sida.

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Event partners


International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises & helps people to survive, recover & gain control of their future. Funded by the Swedish Government’s International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Conflict Prevention & Peacebuilding programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia is the IRC’s first award from Sida’s Peace and Human Security Unit, and contributes to Sida's Strategy for Sustainable Peace 2017-22.

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Islamic Relief is an independent humanitarian and development organisation with a presence in over 40 countries around the globe. Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Conflict Prevention & Peacebuilding programme, funded by the Swedish Government’s International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is strongly linked to the United Nations 2030 sustainable development agenda which emphasizes the importance of “peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development”. The programme works to build social cohesion and improve the resilience of local communities in four countries across Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Norwegian Refugee council

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 30 countries, where we help save lives and rebuild futures.


Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Sida is a Swedish government agency with the mission to reduce poverty, stimulate sustainable development, save lives and relieve distress. Through our work, and in collaboration with others, we contribute to implementing Sweden's Global Development Policy (PGU). Sida's work is directed by global (thematic), regional and country specific strategies, determined by the Swedish government and parliament. Today, Sida carries out enhanced bilateral development cooperation with a total of 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.