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Nexus: Breaking the silos between humanitarian, development, and peace activities

Start date: 12 September 2022

With the sustainable development goals (SDGs) off track in many fragile contexts, and humanitarian request for funding expected to exceed US$40 billion for the first time in 2022, we are behind meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. 

The nexus approach, that takes into account both the immediate and long-term needs to enhance peace, is a critical element in reversing these trends. Today, the nexus is an important topic in international relations, but while the concept is not new, the international community still struggles to operationalise it.

The Nexus online course will introduce the approach in more detail, and look into some practical ways on how to apply this concept in practice. The course will last 3 weeks and include a public webinar, followed by 2 weeks of intensive interaction with experts in the field with whom you will be able to dive deeper into the subject.

This course is currently offered in English, however participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and interact in this language.

What will you learn?

  • Describe the concept of nexus (dual and triple), show an understanding of its different elements, and identify key terminology
  • Understand the different elements of the nexus that may be useful in designing strategic interventions, funding proposals, and evaluating proposals
  • Identify major dilemmas in the nexus approach and demonstrate awareness of contemporary implementation issues
  • Analyse case studies of the nexus and assess applicable good practices
  • Explain how the nexus is related to the aid effectiveness agenda and provide contextual examples
  • Share understanding of the nexus concept, facilitate the use of a common language to talk about it, and promote the appropriate programme and intervention design that reflects it

Who should apply

The course is aimed at:

  • Diplomats and staff of international and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Public servants engaged in international relations and cooperation delivering interventions in the field
  • Public servants and NGO representatives working in the intersection of humanitarian aid, development, and peace activities


Nexus webinar

Tuesday, 13th September 2022 (exact hours to be confirmed)

The webinar will explore key issues in the relationship between humanitarian assistance, development cooperation, and peace building in the international setting. It will also introduce the concepts of dual and triple nexus, their related components, respective differences and advantages, and explain the relevance of the nexus approach in current complex and fragile contexts. The webinar will also describe and discuss its main challenges, including those of localisation, involvement of the private sector, and financing.

Nexus course

12 September–2 October 2022

The online course builds on the core concepts presented in the webinar and provides a deeper and further understanding of both the approach and its application in the field, as well as key challenges and opportunities
The course covers theoretical principles across core areas, explores practical case studies, and highlights best practices so that stakeholders can implement policies and make commitments to further actions worldwide based on the nexus principles.

The opening section (the public webinar) of the course is addressed to a wider public interested in the nexus, one of the latest trends in foreign affairs.

Course lecturers

Dominique Hempel Rodas- 250x250

Dominique Hempel Rodas

Independent Senior Advisor in International Relations, Development Cooperation, and Capacity Development

Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson

Specialist, Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit

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This course requires a minimum of three hours of study time per week over a period of three weeks.

All aspects of the delivery use a collaborative learning approach, involving a high level of interaction among lecturers, speakers, and course participants. Reading materials and tools for online engagement are provided through an online classroom.

  • A public webinar is integrated into the first week of the course, and is preceded by proposed readings for participants in an introductory blog post.
  • Over the next 2 weeks, participants read the course material, adding questions and comments as hypertext entries, and watch related videos (where available).
  • Lecturers and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the module text.
  • Every week, participants also take part in a real-time one-hour live discussion on specific topics raised during the week.


Applicants must have:

  • Sufficient English language skills to undertake postgraduate-level studies.
  • Regular internet access; dial-up connections are sufficient, broadband is preferable.
  • On average, 3 hours of commitment per week, including participation in live Zoom webinars once a week at specified times.

Fees and scholarships

The course fee is 800 CHF per participant, due upon acceptance into the course.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries. Discounts are available for more than one participant from the same institution. 

Apply for a certificate course

Fill out the short form to start your application process for this course. You will receive an instruction email on how to continue.

If you are applying for financial assistance, please upload your CV and a motivation letter that should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background
  • Reasons for your interest in the course
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: How will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country?

Cancellation Policy

Diplo reserves the right to cancel this course if enrolment is insufficient. In case of cancellation, Diplo will notify applicants shortly after the application deadline.