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  • 11 December 2019

Key questions and considerations for donors at the triple nexus: lessons from UK and Sweden

Reducing the incidences, severity and impacts of crises demands a concerted, multi-faceted approach. This report synthesises DI’s research into how the UK and Sweden work at the ‘nexus’ between emergency response and longer-term approaches, drawing out observations, notable practices, and key questions and considerations for all donors.

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Sarah Dalrymple, Sophia Swithern

Chapter One


Crises are the expression of underlying and ongoing problems. Reducing the incidences, severity and impacts of crises demands a concerted, multi-faceted approach: working at the ‘nexus’ between emergency response and…

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Chapter Two

Policy frameworks

Donors’ overarching visions for their international official development assistance (ODA) help to set the rationale, intent and broad parameters for coherence and connections between humanitarian, development, peacebuilding and political dialogue…

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Chapter Three

Programme and allocation cycle

Common action must be based on a common understanding of what the problem is: working at the nexus demands assessments and analysis which take account of the full set of…

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Chapter Four

Organisational structures and systems

Sweden and the UK are quite different sized donors, with an annual official development assistance (ODA) spend of US$5.8bn and US$19.4bn, respectively, in 2018, and different administrative scales and structures…

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Chapter Five

Conclusions and recommendations

The two studies of the experiences and approaches taken by Sweden and the UK highlighted a diverse range of policies, practices and challenges. There is a shared commitment to action…

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