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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Humanitarian-Peace Linkage for Health Profile, February 2021 – Occupied Palestinian Territory

1. Introduction

THE HUMANITARIAN-DEVELOPMENT-PEACE NEXUS (HDPNX), as part of the New Way of Working, is a framework for coherent and joint planning and implementation of shared priorities between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors. peace in emergencies. In any crisis context, the dynamic and non-linear nature of emergencies may mean that different stages of the nexus process may be underway, resulting in varying presence and activity levels of humanitarian and/or development actors. Therefore, the HDPNx approach should be initiated in the early stages of an emergency and should remain operational until a humanitarian response plan is no longer in place. To advance HDPNx in a given country, a common and fundamental understanding of current progress must be established. However, finding such a resource can be difficult, perpetuating poor understanding, planning and operationalization. To address this need through a health lens, the HDPNx for Health Profiles aims to provide insight into health-related nexus efforts and opportunities to advance humanitarian and development collaboration and health as a bridge towards peace in countries affected by protracted emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean. WHO region.

Although there is consensus on the value of the HDPNx approach, the question of how to operationalize it remains. As the operationalization of the HDPNx is at a nascent stage, many cross-cutting humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities have not been officially labeled or conceptualized as “HDPNx”, although collaborations between the three groups of actors exist. Conceptual criteria were therefore needed to assess whether or not an activity should be considered as “HDPNx” work. In this profile, HDPNx or nexus-type activities are defined as: “Any health-related activity where at least two of the three groups of actors (humanitarian, development and peace) work together with the aim of fulfilling at least two among the following: providing immediate assistance to save and sustain lives; strengthening or rebuilding national systems, institutions and capacities; building emergency management capacities; and addressing the drivers of emergencies. The development of the Health-Development-Peace for Health Profile: Occupied Palestinian Territory is a joint initiative of the WHO Office in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Health Systems in Emergencies Laboratory of the Department of Universal Health Coverage/Systems Health, in collaboration with the Department of Health Emergencies and Department of Healthier Populations, at the WHO Regional Office p for the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as relevant programs at WHO headquarters.