HNPW 2023 | Working across the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus: What have we learned?

27 April 2023
14:00 - 15:30, GMT+2 – CEST

Join ALNAP at this year's Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) for a session highlighting recent learning on how humanitarian actors have implemented HDP nexus approaches.

About the session:

Building on ALNAP original research and findings from key evaluations, we will share lessons learned, barriers, challenges and a reflection on where more work is needed. To complement other policy level discussions to date on the HDP nexus, the focus will be on findings and lessons from empirical and evaluative evidence.

This is an in-person session aimed at policy specialists and practitioners. The presentation will be followed by interactive breakout groups in which attendees will have the opportunity to share reflections, discuss key findings, and consider how to address sector-wide barriers and advance progress.


For decades there have been calls to improve coordination, connectedness and coherence between humanitarian and development actions. More recently, a focus on ending humanitarian need and addressing the underlying causes of protracted conflict have underscored the need to include peace and peacebuilding. The ‘triple nexus’ approach was embodied in the 2019 OECD DAC Recommendation on the HDP nexus and in the 2017 UN New Way of Working.

ALNAP conducted internal research in 2021-2022 to map and analyse findings from HDP nexus evaluations. Key insights from this analysis were included in ALNAP’s 2022 State of the Humanitarian System Report, alongside findings from other mixed research methods including practitioner survey results and case study information on practice in DRC and Mali. This session will present those insights as well as new findings from a forthcoming ALNAP paper which goes into greater depth on the state of the evidence base, lessons learned and areas where further progress is needed.

The session will highlight the work that remains to be done to achieve the transformational change and ambitions underpinning the HDP nexus commitment. We will also look at how accountable the sector has been in monitoring its own progress and suggest ways to improve this going forward.


  • Marta Valdés García | Humanitarian Director, Oxfam and co-chair, IASC task-force on humanitarian-development collaboration
  • Susanna Morrison-Métois  | Senior Research Fellow, ALNAP
  • Sophia Swithern | Independent consultant  and Co-author of ALNAP's State of the Humanitarian System report 2022