Knowledge Sharing Series

A Collective Journey Towards Humanitarian-Development-Peace Coherence
• June through September 2022 •

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Decorative green speech bubble with the text "“Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP)  coherence aims to promote complementary  collaboration across humanitarian, development,  and peace actors in pursuit of a common agenda.  Its goal is to maximize impact and sustainability of  programs across different kinds of assistance  and to reduce the need for humanitarian  assistance (HA) over time.”In the face of globalized environmental challenges, the changing nature of violent conflict, and recognition of an increasingly complex and interdependent world, we need to move past siloed approaches to more holistic programming that better addresses the crises that slow or reverse progress on poverty alleviation and reduced food insecurity. 

  • Humanitarian programming can meet urgent needs in a crisis, while protecting development gains, and laying the foundation for longer-term resilience. 
  • Development and resilience programming can support shock-preparedness and early response to protect local systems and avert the worst effects of crises. 
  • Peace-building and, in particular, conflict sensitivity approaches can be embedded in humanitarian and development programming, and work not only to prevent violence and mitigate conflict but also to strengthen social cohesion.

To affirm and explore the opportunity for increased HDP coherence, and the challenges associated with achieving it, USAID engaged in extensive internal and partner consultations to develop a set of programming principles. The resulting document Programming Considerations for Humanitarian-Development-Peace Coherence: A Note for USAID’s Implementing Partners was released in January 2022.

The Knowledge Sharing Series (KSS) is the next step in our collective journey towards Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) coherence. IDEAL will convene humanitarian and resilience practitioners for a peer-to-peer series of events, that will give the implementing community an opportunity to:

  • Create shared understanding around HDP coherence among humanitarian and resilience practitioners;

  • Explore current practices and enabling factors for HDP coherence in different contexts; and

  • Discuss and collectively problem-solve critical issues along with peers in similar contexts.

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An opening week in June 2022 will feature events to level-set our collective knowledge around HDP coherence. Starting later in June and continuing through August, a week each month will be dedicated to each of the following four thematic areas:

The Knowledge Sharing Series will build up to a culmination event in September 2022. If you’d like to receive updates about the KSS, please click the button below!

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Opening Week

Keynote & Opening Panel

June 1, 2022

Join us for a rich discussion with panelists representing different perspectives about their experiences with programming for HDP coherence and why it matters. The discussion will be grounded in current ongoing crises such as the war in Ukraine, drought in the Horn of Africa, and escalating armed conflict in the Sahel – all compounded by the severe effects of climate change and COVID-19. Panelists will seek a joint definition of success when it comes to HDP coherent programming – laying out what changes we’re seeking at household level, at community level, and at systems level.  We will examine some of the main obstacles standing in our way and identify promising practices. 

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Organizing for HDP Coherence: Country Teams’ Perspectives

June 2, 2022

Achieving humanitarian, development, and peace coherence entails synergies across technical silos and adaptive work structures and cultures. How have country teams evolved and stretched their mandates to deliver HDP coherent programming? What does this look like from both a technical and an operations/management perspective? How are implementing partners coordinating internally and strengthening staff capacity to deliver coherent programming? What challenges are we facing and how are these being addressed? This dynamic dialogue will explore these questions and offer practical takeaways for how to approach HDP coherence at the project and country level. Participants will be invited to join the dialogue and share their own experiences in organizing for HDP coherence.

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Thematic Areas 

Four thematic areas were informed by our consultations with implementing partners. Click on the titles below to learn more about each thematic area.

Advancing Locally Led HDP Coherence

June 21-23, 2022
Communities are the heart of the HDP nexus. Putting households and communities at the center of programming and ensuring that implementation is done with, by, and through local actors and systems are critical elements of HDP coherence. Even before humanitarian, development, or peace assistance is designed, intentional community engagement and concerted efforts are needed to support, rather than duplicate or potentially undermine, existing local capacity. Cultivating relationships, building trust with and between communities, and being intentional about mutual capacity strengthening is essential for advancing locally-led HDP coherence.

Sessions under this thematic area will give local and international humanitarian, development, and peace actors opportunities to come together to discuss centering local knowledge on HDP coherence; working through local systems for emergency preparedness and response; and effective, inclusive, and participatory community engagement for social cohesion.

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Data for Decision-Making in HDP Coherence

July 12-14, 2022

Working towards HDP coherence requires information systems that identify the key drivers of crisis in a location, analyze information about those drivers to inform contingency planning, and identify inflection points in key indicators to quickly and clearly trigger shock-responsive programming. 

Sessions under this thematic area will explore organizations’ experiences with context monitoring, resilience monitoring, crisis analytics and local early warning schemes to produce useful information for improved and more timely program decision-making in crisis-affected areas. We will discuss barriers to sharing this kind of information across humanitarian, development, and peace actors, and will consider the specific data and analytical tools required for more effective contingency planning for HDP coherence.

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Communication and Coordination for Coherence

August 2-4, 2022

A host of international and local organizations with a range of priorities, expertise, and programming timeframes implement programs in complex environments that are fraught with the effects of climate change and conflict, among other crises. When humanitarian and development assistance is coordinated, the needs of affected communities are more effectively addressed.

Communication and coordination often happen ad hoc as crises unfold. However, experience at the country and regional level suggests that intentional facilitation through a variety of platforms and mechanisms is important and can improve outcomes for affected communities. In this thematic area, we will explore cross-organizational efforts to improve coordination and, ultimately, the effectiveness and coherence of different types of assistance.

Sessions under this thematic area will explore promising practices in information-sharing to avoid duplicating efforts and to strengthen HDP coherence across donors; how backbone learning mechanisms have supported this work and what more can be done by such structures; and how donors and/or partners have addressed unmet needs of affected communities across the nexus as a result of effective coordination.

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Sequencing, Layering, and Integrating Humanitarian, Development, and Peace Assistance

August 23-25, 2022

Sequencing, layering, and integration are the nuts and bolts of achieving HDP coherence. These tools for ‘joined-up programming’ are the principal approaches that practitioners use to operate in smart, responsive, and accountable ways across domains.

Sessions under this thematic area will explore obstacles and the practical opportunities to carry out shared analysis, visioning, planning, and implementation of joined-up (coherent) programming. Sessions will examine how we can use humanitarian action to protect fragile development and resilience gains during periods of crisis and how development investments can build resilience to, and preparedness for shocks and crises.

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Session Formats

The Knowledge Sharing Series will convene the implementing community through a variety of session formats. Learn about each by clicking the headers below.  

Panel Discussions

Traditional panel discussions will be 30 minutes long, followed by a 15 minutes Q&A. Questions will be collected during the session. Participants will be able to see all questions and upvote the ones they would like the panel to respond to.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks will be 15 minutes in length and used to share promising practices of HDP coherent programming in a concise and compelling way. Lightning Talks will be followed by a 15 minutes peer-to-peer Q&A.

Dynamic Dialogues

In-depth interviews by a knowledgeable host with one or two practitioners who will share their experiences with designing and implementing for HDP coherence. Dynamic Dialogues will weave in questions from the audience as the interview proceeds and go on for 30 minutes.

Problem-Solving Sessions

Highly participatory format

Small groups of practitioners convene to discuss and problem-solve around a specific challenge that has been identified in advance. Problem-solving sessions will be 90 minutes long.


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