Prevention calls for strengthening development, humanitarian, peace “triple nexus”


This op-ed, published on the IPI Global Observatory, by Jorge Moreira da Silva, OECD director of the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) and Eric Rosand, director of the Prevention Project and Brookings non-resident senior fellow, calls upon governments and development partners to develop a new approach to development that prioritizes prevention. The number of people living in fragile contexts is constantly growing. Funding for humanitarian action is being outstripped by growing needs, and close to 90% of humanitarian aid - which is supposed to be short-term by its very definition — is now flowing to protracted crises. On the other hand, only 2% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) is spent on prevention. A stronger focus on prevention will require “a much more coherent effort among political, security, development, humanitarian and peace actors—recognizing that the challenges in fragile contexts are too big and too complex for one set of actors to tackle alone,” explain the authors. To translate this into practice, long-standing bureaucratic, programmatic and funding silos within donor governments and multilateral institutions and among development, humanitarian, and peace and security actors, need to be broken down.

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