Event recording

Working across the HDP nexus: What have we learned?

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Strengthening linkages between humanitarian, peace and development efforts – referred to as the ‘HDP nexus’ – continues to be a dominant policy priority. Given greater momentum by the 2019 OECD DAC recommendation on the nexus, recent years have seen an expansion of country-level pilots and global initiatives.

Yet questions abound as to what these efforts have achieved – and what tangible progress looks like. Is the HDP nexus meant to offer transformative change for an outdated and supply driven aid sector? Or is it merely the international aid system focusing on breaking its own self-imposed silos? Where does shifting power to local actors and focusing on improved country level coordination come into the equation? Has the nexus been primarily driven by humanitarians, and what will it take to get meaningful engagement with peace and development actors? Should climate be added to the mix?

At this event, ALNAP and key stakeholders in current HDP nexus efforts reflected on the evidence to date and on what these efforts have achieved, where there are gaps and challenges, and what is needed to move these issues forward. ALNAP presented findings from their evidence synthesis on the HDP nexus, followed by a moderated panel discussion on what actions can be taken to further advance HDP nexus ways of working.


  • Ambassador Michael Köhler | Grand Bargain Ambassador, and currently Deputy Director-General, EU/DG ECHO
  • Ambassador Hesham Youssef | Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, Chair of ALNAP Steering Committee
  • Cecilia Roselli | Geneva Director, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  • Cyprien Fabre |Team Lead Crises and Fragility, OECD
  • Fatima Imam | Executive Director, Rehabilitation Empowerment and Better Health Initiative (REBHI)
  • Corli Pretorius | Head of the Policy Knowledge and Partnerships Team, UNDP 
  • Xavier Furtado | Senior Operations Officer, Africa, World Bank
  • Susanna Morrison-Métois | Senior Research Fellow – Evaluation, Learning, Accountability, ALNAP