Recent Articles

Jul 26, 2011
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) calls for a bipartisan rewrite of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act in a blog he wrote for the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). “Although foreign assistance accounts for less than 1 percent of our national...
Jul 25, 2011
While the establishment of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) on June 27 tasked Ethiopian forces with monitoring and verifying the demilitarization of Abyei and protection of UN staff and humanitarian personnel, reports of...
Jul 22, 2011
InterAction’s Sam Worthington was interviewed on Public Radio International on July 22, 2011. Listen to the podcast on PRI’s page. Millions of Somalis are mired in a deep humanitarian crisis that is now driving thousands of refugees over the border...
Jul 22, 2011
InterAction’s Joel Charny was interviewed by Michele Kelemen on NPR’s Morning Edition on July 22, 2011. Listen to the podcast on NPR’s page. The international community is struggling to respond to the famine in Somalia. U.S. officials say the...
Jul 22, 2011
This article originally appeared on CNN on July 22, 2011.  By Jane Ferguson and Moni Basu Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- War forced tens of thousands of Somalis to flee their capital, Mogadishu. Famine is bringing them back. Hungry and sick Somalis are...
Jul 22, 2011
Aid agencies are working to get food aid into Mogadishu and southern Somalia after al-Shabaab lifted a blanket ban on aid last week. Restrictions remain on which organizations can operate in the region, as the militant organization says that groups...
Jul 21, 2011
The House is currently marking up the Foreign Relations Authorization act (H.R. 2583), which determines the budget for the State Department. The bill mark-up began Wednesday, went into the night, and is expected to continue through Thursday.    CQ ...
Jul 21, 2011
This article originally appeared in AlertNet Publication on July 20, 2011. By Katie Nguyen LONDON (AlertNet) - Children in Somalia are being systematically recruited to fight on frontlines, killed in indiscriminate attacks and denied an education,...
Jul 21, 2011
This article originally appeared in The Christian Science Monitor Publication on July 20, 2011.  By Ariel Zirulnick, Staff writer  The United Nations has officially declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia and warned that without...
Jul 21, 2011
This article originally appeared in Voice of America Publication on July 20, 2011. Michael Onyiego | Dadaab, Kenya With the drought in Somalia officially declared a famine, the administrator of the United States Agency for International...
Jul 20, 2011
This article originally appeared in The Guardian Publication on July 20, 2011. Mark Tran guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 20 July 2011. The UN has officially declared two parts of Somalia to be in famine amid the worst drought in east Africa for 60 years....
Jul 20, 2011
Today, the UN declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle.  The UN has certain requirements to declare a famine: • More than 30 percent of children must be suffering from acute malnutrition;• Two adults...
Jul 19, 2011
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new program to address one of the least appealing but most urgent needs in development: toilets. More than 40 percent of the world’s population has no access to toilets, leading those people to use...
Jul 18, 2011
A prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa region continues to push people from their homes in search of food and water, furthering the humanitarian crisis in the region. "The situation across the Horn of Africa this year has really deteriorated in...
Jul 15, 2011
  InterAction member The International Housing Coalition (IHC), a nonprofit, education, advocacy and applied research organization officially welcomed Susan Corts Hill as its new president and CEO July 1, 2011. Most recently, Hill was in private...
Jul 14, 2011
  Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty wants to preserve funding for U.S. foreign aid. A lone voice in a crowd GOP legislators and candidates calling for cuts, his senior foreign policy advisor, Brian Hook, spoke out in favor of aid at the U.S....
Jul 13, 2011
Amid recent concerns over trade agreements preventing the manufacture of cheap pharmaceuticals in India, two announcements this week bring hope to HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world. The Medicines Patent Pool, a project designed for drug...
Jul 12, 2011
When hurricane season began on June 1, InterAction members working in Haiti were prepared for the storms with warehouses stocked with items such as water, kerosene stoves, tents and other equipment. This disaster preparedness builds on the work...
Jul 12, 2011
Muhammad Yunus will be the keynote speaker at the closing luncheon of the InterAction Forum. The topic of the session will be, "Shaping and Protecting the Environment to Do Our Work." Yunus, founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, is...
Jul 11, 2011
Gayle Smith will commence InterAction Forum opening day plenary session “From Failing States to Development – A Giant Leap.” Smith is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council, where she is responsible...