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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...
Jul 11, 2011
Child rights organization Plan International urges India to take action to combat the discrepancies between genders and curb the problem of “vanishing” girls, as the world waits to surpass the estimated 7 billion population mark on October 31. Plan...
Jul 8, 2011
InterAction members are providing aid to displaced peoples and those suffering from extreme food and water shortages in the Horn of Africa during what is being called the worst drought in 60 years.  More than 10 million people are in need of...
Jul 8, 2011
North Sudan has said that it will recognize Southern Sudan as an independent nation when the country succeeds tonight at midnight. The new country has been gearing up for independence celebrations, but the situation is tense as questions over...
Jul 7, 2011
A New York federal appeals court has prevented the U.S. government from requiring an anti-prostitution pledge from organizations receiving government funding in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. The Alliance for Open Society International,...
Jul 6, 2011
Despite agreeing last week to withdraw from the north/south border ahead of Southern Sudan’s secession on Saturday, troops from the north continue to gather in Southern Kordofan. Clashes have intensified over the past several weeks leading up to the...
Jul 5, 2011
A free-trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and India could potentially lead to the deaths of millions of AIDS patients who depend on cheap generic drugs produced by India, according to Michel Sidibe, executive director for the...
Jul 1, 2011
At a critical juncture in the deficit reduction talks a diverse coalition of over 40 prominent international and domestic NGOs have joined the leaders of dozens of national faith organizations in calling on the Obama administration and congressional...
Jun 30, 2011
Valerie Amos, the UN's under-secretary-general and emergency relief coordinator, will address the opening session of Forum 2011 focusing on the shifting landscape for humanitarian action around the world.Amos is responsible for the oversight of all...