The concept of “nexus” thinking has been with us for over half a century under different names, such as holistic, integrative, and trans-disciplinary thinking. The need for integration in solving complex problems has long been recognized, leading to a variety of approaches and areas of study.
For the Dialogues, a “nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions. Sector experts know their business, while very few people are experts on the overlaps across fields. Thus, we advocate a nexus approach to utilize the benefits of sectoral expertise focused on breaking down the complexity of the overlaps of these sectors.
The purpose is practical: to make better plans through an understanding of interactions. There are numerous techniques available for a nexus approach, and UN agencies have been applying some of them. Those techniques may or may not have been designed with “nexus” in mind, but they are practical methods to clarify thinking when problems involve overlaps across different domains.
- How is the nexus approach a useful tool for advancing the environmental dimensions of the 2030 agenda?
- How has a nexus approach influenced your work?
- Do you have experience with applying a nexus methodology?