ICS Seminar - 16 March 2023

Long-term Planning at times of Crisis: Reflecting on the Reality of the Humanitarian Development Nexus

Panelists: David Sanderson, Beth Egglestone, Valentina Bau

Chair: Nichole Georgeou


The increasingly protracted and recurrent nature of crises has meant that a greater range of needs, which are both compounding and overlapping, has to be addressed in often volatile contexts. There is an urgency to respond quickly while attending to other critical issues that may affect realities in crisis in the long term, putting more vulnerable groups at particular risk. As a key framework arising from the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Humanitarian-Development Nexus guides humanitarian and development actors to work more closely together to deliver the SDGs, improving collaboration between the sectors and placing the most vulnerable people at the centre. The ‘New Way of Working’ emerging from the Nexus recognises the value of immediate life-saving humanitarian operations while giving emphasis to the promotion of local leadership, governance and institution-building. This panel wants to reflect on the reality of framing aid assistance and development interventions as parts of a continuum; on the challenges that practitioners face in the dialogue between the two sectors; and on the difficulties that researchers experience when investigating and analysing those contexts. Through the presentation of case studies from the field, panelists advance critical arguments on the viability of the Nexus in current scenarios.


David Sanderson, Professor - Urban Disaster Resilience and Humanitarian Aid, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney): David is the Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture. David’s recent research addresses how governments, civil society, aid organisations and people prepare for, withstand, and recover better from urban disasters and the effects of climate change.

Beth Egglestone, Director, Humanitarian Advisory Group: Beth’s roles include more than two decades of work specialising in civil-military coordination and humanitarian reform. Beth has authored academic literature focusing on the role of women in countering violent extremism drawing from field experience in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Tajikistan.

Dr Valentina Ba├║, Senior Research Fellow - Development and Humanitarian Communication, Western Sydney University, Institute for Culture and Society (UNSW Sydney, Honorary): Valentina is currently investigating the use of development communication and CwC (Communicating with Communities) interventions aimed at promoting peace and social cohesion among young people in contexts of protracted displacement, through an ARC DECRA Research Fellowship.

Event Details

Date & Time: Thursday, 16 March 2023, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Venue: Female Orphan School - EZ.G.22, Parramatta South Campus