The Green String Network approach represents a concrete example of how the Triple Nexus between humanitarian aid and development can be reinforced and operationalized.

Trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches are an often overlooked dimension to help establish the triple nexus from humanitarian aid and recovery to development and peace. Evidence-based research shows facilitating localized trauma healing processes at the community level leads to significant transformational change within the components of the Triple Nexus. It is an example of operationalizing the nexus where humanitarian interventions include a trauma-informed aspect that contributes simultaneously to both peace and development.

GSN is uniquely positioned to engage the gap between humanitarian and recovery to the development and peacebuilding phase, by delivering a powerful and integrated approach with demonstrated impact.

Programming History in East Africa and the Horn

Programs, organizations, and systems that make a commitment to implementation will differ in many ways – from the context to the motivation for change and healing to hoped-for outcomes, and resources available. Nonetheless, in a developmental way, the implementation of trauma programming in East Africa has moved through a number of common steps we’ve tried to reflect these phases — from Trauma Awareness to Trauma Healing to Trauma-Informed and Responsive to Healing-Centered — in the River of Trauma Practice.

The various contiguous phases represent: ‘struggles’ in the peacebuilding field in East Africa; attempts to create and find space in the multidisciplinary fields, and a search for a language to fully capture and encapsulate the valuable work of healing as an integral part of peacebuilding.

Our Praxis Approach is:

Grounded in Theory with Healing Center Peacebuilding Approach

Action through customization by deeply contextualizing and adapting the Wellbeing and Resilience (WebR) Framework to locally owned and developed peer support programming.

Reflection and Learning through our evidence based Impact Evaluation and network learning. Over the past 5 years GSN has collected data from programming in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan and has developed designed tested healing-centered evaluation methods.