Global Development Issues

Coordination to tackle conflict and crises

The Centre's policy research work on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Nexus aims to increase awareness of the importance and key elements of the nexus, thereby providing a conceptual basis for the Korean audience to closely engage in the debate.

An improved HDP nexus is needed to tackle the changing nature of conflict and crises. From natural disasters that are handled by short-term humanitarian response actions of a year or less, to more massive and protracted man-made humanitarian crises that arise from escalating social exclusion, economic inequality, conflict and forced displacement of people; the negative impact of these complex and recurrent crises is often deepened by poor policies or crisis management that maintain a narrow focus.

A complementary HDP nexus recognizes the necessity of all sectors to work in a coordinated manner to be successful. This reflects the multifaceted problems people in crises and conflict face. Through better coordination, for example, scarce donor and private resources can be used more efficiently and space can be opened up for participation of civil society, NGOs, and the private sector, which is key for sustainable solutions. In addition to funding, attitudinal and institutional obstacles need to be overcome. Such a complementary approach is also better able to rectify incentives and dynamics on the ground.

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