• Deakin University

ADH702.1: Introduction to the nexus

What is the humanitarian-development nexus and why is it important?

ADH702.1: Introduction to the nexus
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours

Find out more about the degree

Deakin’s degrees in Development and Humanitarian Action provide you with the analytical skills needed to understand the contexts of development and humanitarian programs as well as practical skills to apply in the field.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand the points of distinction and complementarity between humanitarian and development assistance, and what is referred to in current international discourse as the humanitarian-development nexus.
  • Critically evaluate the history, concept and practice of development and humanitarianism, and the way in which these approaches have failed to effectively achieve sustainable development impact in crisis contexts.
  • Investigate and critically analyse the foundations of the Humanitarian-Development Nexus and the role of various international stakeholders in the move towards a ‘new way of working’.
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of various approaches to meeting the needs of recipients of aid with particular focus on the Humanitarian-Development Nexus.
  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities for humanitarian and development practitioners arising from breaking down siloes and implementing an HDN.
  • Collect and critically analyse relevant rules, frameworks, guidelines and funding models and examine the impact these have on achieving better integration of relief, rehabilitation and sustainable development.

Who is the course for?

Deakin University postgraduate students.

Who will you learn with?

Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings is a Lecturer at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership at Deakin University. Her research interests are North Korea, civil society, human rights, and disaster response.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established1974
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021