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 facilitated 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 the conclusion of the learning exchange, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an solid common understanding of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Collaboration, its background and main elements, development and state-of-the-art conceptualization and requirements;
  • Discuss key characteristics of the humanitarian, development and peace disciplines, their convergence in space and time, and gains to be made 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 the 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. 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 also benefit from access to UNSSC's learning platform, which allows participants to access resource materials and pre-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:

  • Introduction to Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Collaboration; background and main elements
  • Humanitarian, Development and Peace actors and approaches – Opportunities and Challenges for collaboration
  • Collective outcomes, the New Way of Working, specific considerations and addressing assumptions in HDP approaches
  • 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 the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Collaboration through meaningful exchange with peers and subject-matter experts.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of $2,000 covers all tuition-related costs, including learning materials, access to online platforms, etc. The fee does not cover travel, accommodation and lodging.

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