The field of Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Collaboration is emerging as a key response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the World Humanitarian Summit, the New York Declaration, and the twin resolutions on Sustaining Peace. They call for a new way of working with joined up efforts to deliver on some of the most important challenges of our time.

Practitioners are keen to adapt methods and new ways of working, but important questions and perceived barriers remain in place that prevent the transformation of collective efforts.

This virtual learning exchange will provide a space for practitioners to deepen their understanding, broaden their professional repertoire and engage with peers across the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus. 



Upon successful completion of this learning exchange, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid common understanding of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Collaboration, its background and main elements, development and current conceptualization and requirements;
  • Discuss key characteristics of the humanitarian, development and peace disciplines, their convergence in space and time, and gains and trade-offs from collaboration and cooperation;
  • Reflect on the challenges and dilemmas related to linking humanitarian, development and peace practices and discuss ways to balance principles in joined-up efforts;
  • Apply HDP collaboration to country contexts and discuss opportunities for coherent and complementary collaboration across the UN and beyond using available tools and materials;
  • Network across a diverse array of practitioners to exchange experiences and insights.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

Through interactive and participatory sessions, combined with inputs from subject matter experts from HDP backgrounds, participants will be exposed to the current conceptual framework of the HDP collaboration. In a learning exchange, greater emphasis will be put on peer-to-peer exchange, discussion and reflection – all in a virtual format. The objective of the learning exchange is co-creation. Every participant brings their experience, input and voice as key components to the learning experience.

Participants in the learning exchange will benefit from UNSSC's online learning platform, which allows participants to access exclusive video material and key readings. It also offers a way to connect and stay in touch with peers. 

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

The learning exchange structure is the following:

  • Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Collaboration: background and main elements
  • Collective outcomes, the New Way of Working, specific considerations and addressing assumptions in HDP approaches
  • Humanitarian, Development and Peace approaches – Cases of progress & overcoming barriers for coherent collaboration
  • Applying the HDP concept for Sustaining Peace and delivering on the 2030 Agenda

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

Practitioners from various backgrounds – the UN system, including Resident Coordinator Offices, other multilateral and regional organizations, bilateral donors, governments, civil society and academia – working in or with humanitarian action, development programming or peacebuilding. The course is geared to individuals looking to deepen their understanding and broaden their professional repertoire on Humanitarian-Development-Peace Collaboration through meaningful exchange with peers and subject-matter experts.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The programme fee is $500. The fee includes:

  • Unlimited access to course materials (including exclusive video material and key readings), recordings of webinars and presentations.
  • Interactive participation in live webinars with subject matter experts as well as peers.
  • Exclusive access to the UNSSC online social learning environment and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.

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