From April 9-11 2019, the Implementing Best Practices Initiative (IBP) in partnership with the Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG), UNFPA, IPPF, and WHO convened 70 participants from over 40 different organizations in Istanbul to share experiences, tools, and resources about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programming across the humanitarian development nexus.
Participants representing international NGOs, local civil society organizations (CSOs), UN partners, country governments, and young professionals shared expertise implementing SRHR programs in both humanitarian and development settings. Examples from local NGOs working in Lebanon and Syria and from Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia reminded us that the idea of transitioning from post conflict or emergency settings to integrating into more stable health systems, or the “humanitarian-development nexus” is not new but rather an existing part of many country programs.
Interactive sessions allowed participants to openly discuss and reflect on key issues and themes needed to help move the “humanitarian development nexus” agenda forward. A participatory exercise was conducted to assess perceptions of current SRHR programming across the humanitarian-development nexus and key themes to address challenges were identified and validated by participants.