Samuel A. Worthington is president and CEO of InterAction, the nation’s largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations working internationally. InterAction leads, supports, and mobilizes its members to take collective action, improve the impact of their programs, increase their global reach, and advocate for efforts that advance human well-being around the world. Worthington has represented U.S. NGOs and their programs before the U.S. Congress, administration, and media. Previously, he served from 1994 to 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA, a global development NGO.
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Nepal: A Call to Action
May 1, 2015 - Six months ago many in the humanitarian system wondered if it was the worst it has ever been, with crises in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central Africa Republic. Then came Ebola. And Yemen. And now Nepal. The thing is, we are all part of a larger system. And that system is overstretched. It takes individual and institutional supporters to provide the flexibility demanded to quickly respond in these high-stakes situations. Over 50 InterAction members had operations in Nepal before the earthquake and they are at the heart of the response.
Nepal planned for an emergency, with a rubble removal strategy already drafted in 2014. The Nepalese government is working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations agencies, and foreign governments, and we are all linking up with local structures to provide the best response that we can. But to do this, we need resources.
Watch Sam discuss how NGOs can develop strategic partnerships with the private sector at the 2014 Business Call to Action Annual Forum.