Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF)

Insightful Quotes
"The P within the HDP Nexus needs to be strengthened. The role of civil society is a key issue in fragile contexts. We need to identify with which part of the civil society we can collaborate in a trustful way, because civil society is not a neutral actor in conflicts."
Insightful Quotes
"We need a theory of change and a shared vision for our work. Civil society needs to be a pillar of democracy. They are not just an implementing partner, but a key actor for sustainable peace and development on the ground."
Virtual Session 15

Conflict Prevention in Fragile Contexts: The Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus

Main Questions

  • How can we ensure a focus on conflict prevention in fragile contexts?

  • How do humanitarian, development and peace actors work together in the field? What can we learn from their experiences?

  • Multi-stakeholder perspective: What role can civil society and nonstate actors play?

Key Theses, Thoughts and Ideas

Looking at the case study of Nigeria three structural challenges were highlighted in the debate: 1) Fragility and Security, 2) Economy and Social Challenges and 3) Governance. In order to address humanitarian and security issues, conflict prevention needs to be mainstreamed.

One important aspect concerning the HDP Nexus is the recognition of different logics, instruments and theories of change. Thus, a requirement for successful impact is the development of a common understanding of key principles and context dynamics. From a practical point of view, one challenge for joint outcomes is the coordination among different departments and partners. There is a need to improve complementarity and coherence on the ground.

In the case of Nigeria, the HDP dimension needs to be strengthened to promote aspects of human rights and civil society participation. A key element to achieve this is continuous dialogue and exchange between international organizations, NGOs and the civil society.


Dan Schreiber
International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF)
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Dr Chukwuemeka Eze
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Ghana
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Lars Wilke
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
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Lena Kainz
Federal Foreign Office, Germany
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Theophilus Ekpon
Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA), Nigeria
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Dr Mark Mattner
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
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