Deakin University program

Humanitarian-Development Nexus

Welcome to this Deakin University unit, ADH702. Learn about the complex nexus between relief, rehabilitation and development.

This program is part of the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action degree offered by Deakin University

Discover the complex relationship between humanitarian development and aid.

Join experienced, respected humanitarian leaders and practitioners to gain a critical understanding of the nexus between humanitarian assistance, long-term development cooperation and political engagement. How can this nexus lead to a reduction in fragility and need with sustainable and equitable development? You will examine joint analysis of vulnerabilities and risks, the need to focus on the most vulnerable areas and populations, shared objectives, coordinated action, the role of regular monitoring and evaluation and the central role of affected communities in holding agencies to account.


5 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

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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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this program/unit you should be able to:

  • investigate and critically analyse the foundations of the humanitarian-development nexus (HDN) and the role of various international stakeholders in the move towards a ‘new way of working’
  • examine and assess the strengths and limitations of various approaches to meeting the needs of recipients of aid with particular focus on the HDN
  • critically evaluate the challenges and opportunities for humanitarian and development practitioners arising from breaking down silos and implementing an HDN
  • review 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.

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