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Jul 10, 2014
When USAID administrator Rajiv Shah announced more than $600 million in new partnerships with private organizations last month, including giant multinationals Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson, the news was heralded in Washington as another stride in the agency’s path to ending preventable child and maternal mortality.  InterAction President and CEO, Samuel A. Worthington, addressed the shared value of public-private partnerships. “A critical dimension of effective development assistance is now the role of the private sector as it works with traditional aid donors and the NGO community,” Worthington said. “There’s been a significant change over the last 15 years from NGOs and civil society largely critiquing the role the private sector plays to one of both critiquing but also looking where to partner and ultimately, to where there may be some shared value projects that might also benefit the private sector.”Read the full GlobalPost article below, or online here. 
May 20, 2014
After the CIA used a vaccination initiative as a cover for military operations in Pakistan, concerns in the global health community prompted 12 U.S. public health school deans to write President Obama in protest. As a result, Lisa Monaco, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, responded with a promise to eliminate the use of vaccination campaigns as a guise for military missions.Despite the promise from the White House, "the damage already exists,” InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington said. “We need unequivocal understanding that there will not be the use of vaccination or any humanitarian intervention [in the guise of intelligence], as it puts the lives of both humanitarians and those they serve at risk.” The unsuccessful operation, which attempted to obtain DNA from Osama bin Laden's relatives, forced many health organizations to remove programs and personnel from Pakistan, though 83 new polio cases were reported there last year.  
Sep 20, 2013
The NonProfit Times has chosen InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington for its Power & Influence Top 50 list. This is the second year in a row that Worthington has been selected for the honor.
May 18, 2013
InterAction Vice President Lindsay Coates spoke to Devex about the World Bank's new vision to help reduce extreme poverty to 3 percent and raise income of the poorest 40 percent of the population in each country by 2030. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim proposed an integrated strategy to implement this goal. Coates told Devex that the "rhetoric is there" but only a strong political will would lead to concrete action. 
May 13, 2013
Though global focus has shifted from the conflict in Mali, a great need remains. The UN estimates that more than 430,000 people have been displaced since 2012. InterAction's Julien Schopp said that the still-urget crisis had all but disappeared from the news and that the response to the entire crisis was "totally insufficient."  
May 09, 2013
InterAction published a brief in response to proposed budget cuts that urged congress and the Obama administration to keep global health spending at current levels. InterAction's Danielle Heiberg stated that the goal of the brief was to raise awareness towards the benefits and advancements of foreign aid, as well as the potential consequences of a lack of funding.  
Apr 29, 2013
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said at an InterAction-organized press conference that the U.N. was analyzing accusations of chemical warfare in Syria, but access was limited due to the government's restrictions. 
Apr 24, 2013
Jeremy Kadden, InterAction senior legislative manager said that cutting funding for foreign aid programs would not balance the budget, but would have serious ramifications for programs abroad that provide life-saving assistance. 
Apr 18, 2013
Executive vice-president of InterAction, Lindsay Coates, spoke to Devex about the World Bank's goal of reducing extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030. 
Apr 12, 2013
Mark Lotwis, senior director of public policy at InterAction commented on President Barack Obama’s newly released budget proposal, saying that if implemented correctly, the proposal could  "meet the principles that NGOs have called for."



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