Prevention Calls for Strengthening Development, Humanitarian, Peace “Triple Nexus”

7 Jun 2019 8:3

In this analysis published by the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory, Jorge Moreira da Silva and Eric Rosand point out the innovative recommendation by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to take a “triple nexus” approach complementing development, humanitarian and peace actions.

The authors define the triple nexus or “whole of crisis” approach to fragility by “prioritizing prevention always, delivering development wherever possible, and complementing this all with humanitarian action when necessary.”

They underline that an increasing number of institutions, policymakers and practitioners have recognized the need to focus more attention on prevention, and to address the root causes of conflict, violence and fragility rather than simply reacting to them. However, they highlight that only 2% of total gross Official Development Assistance is dedicated to conflict prevention, and just 10% for peacebuilding.

In their view, a triple nexus approach will require long-term, coordinated planning among political, security, development, humanitarian and peace actors but could contribute to outpace the practical reality of bureaucratic, programmatic and funding silos and allow a shift in focus to implement a more effective prevention approach.