‘Triple Nexus’ has found its place as yet another captivating buzzword within the international aid community, governments, and academia. But what does it really mean on the ground? Upinion and partner ALEF act for human rights went straight to the source and engaged in conversations with nearly 500 individuals in Lebanon. Their voices shed light on 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐱𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 in this dynamic patchwork of government institutions, local and international aid providers, and development actors.
The consensus is clear: integrating humanitarian, development, and peace building efforts is crucial rather than approaching these themes as if they exist separate from each other. However, there are 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 that must be prioritised for this approach to thrive: 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 among (aid) actors and communities, 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 and 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥-𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 are essential. But it doesn’t stop there. The people of Lebanon are facing significant challenges, including corruption, sectarian strife, and mismanagement of resources. For Triple Nexus to succeed, Upinion’s community members emphasised it is imperative that it addresses 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝-𝐨𝐧 before effectively tackling 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬.
As the Triple Nexus approach aims to build upon local perspectives, these insights are valuable and we need to keep on 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 to determine what 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐱𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞.
Let’s work together to develop a Triple Nexus approach that aligns with the community’s needs and aspirations, ensuring 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥.