Recommendation on Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus

The Recommendation on Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which was adopted by the DAC on 22 February 2019, aims to promote a broad vision of how DAC members and non-DAC members having adhered to it can work to support, incentivise and implement more coherent, complementary and collaborative humanitarian, development and peace actions, particularly in fragile and conflict affected situations in order to meet international and regional commitments in this area. The Recommendation has been developed in the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), which is a sub-committee of the DAC.

In the heart of strengthening the “nexus”, or coherence between humanitarian, development and peace efforts, lies the aim of effectively reducing people’s needs, risks and vulnerabilities, strengthening prevention efforts and thereby shifting from delivering humanitarian assistance to ending need. This will be critical in reducing the humanitarian caseload, and in ensuring that we meet the collective pledge of “leaving no-one behind”.

This requires the engagement of a diverse range of actors, based on their respective comparative advantage, a shared understanding of risk and vulnerability and an approach that prioritises “prevention always, development wherever possible, humanitarian action when necessary”. It also needs to be supported by the right kind of financing, drawing from diverse funding sources to ensure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time.

All actors within their respective roles and mandates should strive to make a positive contribution to prevent armed conflict and violence, promote sustainable peace in line also with United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions and international law, at a minimum, adopt a “do no harm”.

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