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 by 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, SIPRI’s Deputy Director Sigrún Rawet 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 to the event, also published a Topical Backgrounder on the topic. SIPRI chair, Ambassador Jan Eliasson 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 organization the involvement and empowerment of local communities in emergency environments was emphasised. 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 the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
Watch the live stream of the event here.