Exploring the Nexus between Humanitarian and Development Interventions

Jul 4, 2016

The panellist discussed for example about how to shrink the gap between humanitarian relief and development. Photo: UNDP Africa

Following the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held in Istanbul, Turkey, the Regional Service Centre for Africa held its fourth Maendeleo Policy Forum on 4 July titled: Exploring the Nexus between Humanitarian and Development Interventions: trends, challenges and opportunities for Africa.

Panellists included UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative and UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, and the African Union Commission’s Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Displaced Persons Mr. Olabisi A. Dare.

Forum discussions focused on how to shrink the gap between humanitarian relief and development, how to build a more predictable response system, Africa’s roadmap to implement the WHS outcomes and how the UN, and UNDP in particular, can better support Africa’s humanitarian and development effectiveness.

Some of the key takeaways included the need for humanitarian and development actors to jointly assess, plan and deliver; higher investment in prevention, disaster risk reduction and preparedness and more flexible and predictable funding. There was also a strong emphasis on the need to address the root causes of protracted crises, which mostly lie in a governance deficit. Strong, legitimate and capacitated government was also seen as a condition for bridging the humanitarian-development divide.

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