Connecting Disasters and Climate Change to the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus

Rodrigo Mena*, Summer Brown, Laura E.R. Peters, Ilan Kelman, Hyeonggeun Ji

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As climate change increasingly affects the world, much is said about the rising amounts of aid required to support emergency response, long-term development to adapt, and peacebuilding to ensure that conflict does not undermine these efforts. Bringing these ideas together, some advocate for the addition of a separate climate change stream into the humanitarian, development, and peace/peacebuilding nexus (or triple nexus). Based on a critical literature review and synthesis, this article articulates and conceptualizes how climate change perspectives and actions should be integrated into the existing streams of the humanitarian, development, and peace/peacebuilding nexus, rather than being added as a separate stream. The analysis shows the risks of adding climate change as a stand-alone stream and advocates for developing long-term strategies that integrate climate change actions into humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding efforts to better serve all three.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-340
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Peacebuilding and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) Horizon 2020 programme (Grant number 884139), the Belmont Forum by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) (grant number NE/ T013656/1), and a United States Institute of Peace grant on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding.

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