Women are now leading socio-economic initiatives in the Northern West Bank.
Photo: CARE WBG

03.04.2019

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Based on regional learning, CARE International’s MENA hub has been advocating for a bottom-up approach to more integration between humanitarian, development and peace activities, where analysis, design and implementation are done in very close relation to its impact groups. This article takes a look at three contexts where CARE has been implementing nexus approaches, namely Jordan, Palestine and Syria.

Since 2015, appeals for crises lasting five years or longer have spiked and now command 80 per cent of the funding received and requested, often in contexts marked by man-made conflicts. Fuelled by this realisation, the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) International, a global, dual-mandate organisation providing both humanitarian and development assistance world-wide, has been vocal about the opportunities of more complementary approaches. Building on CARE’s years-long experience, we argue that humanitarian assistance, development and peace are compatible in many cases. But only because CARE views and implements development and peace as bottom-up processes; they should ultimately be driven and owned by the affected communities, not by external agendas. Advocating for NGO space in the nexus developments, for example, in the discussion of a country strategy among European Union institutions in EU nexus pilots, has been a key point for CARE. As funding mechanisms are changing and major actors are adjusting their ways of working, we continue to call for wider involvement of stakeholders in these processes, especially local NGOs, women’s organisations and private sector stakeholders.

CARE is currently working in more than twelve countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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