Development Policy

As an alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that work on the ground in every developing country, InterAction has long advocated for greater coherence, coordination, elevation and effectiveness of U.S. international development programs, including those focused on global health, food security, environmental issues, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). In order to promote U.S. economic, security and moral interests, InterAction will continue to work with Congress and the administration to ensure that United States foreign policy includes coherent, well-coordinated develop­ment assistance that prioritizes poverty reduction. Two key legislative priorities for the remainder of 2014 include:

Global Food Security Legislation:

InterAction is leading efforts with Congress and the administration to strengthen and pass bipartisan legislation that would ensure continued U.S. leadership in improving global food and nutrition security and fighting extreme poverty.  We recognize that legislation is necessary to improve upon and build from the successes that we have seen through the Feed the Future Initiative.  According to the World Bank, growth in the agricultural sector has been twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth in other sectors. With tremendous agricultural leadership from the United States, we can continue to invest in food security and nutrition programs while also engaging the expertise and unique contributions from the U.S. NGO community, international and local civil society, research and academic institutions, the private sector, and farmers themselves to achieve greater impact.  

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, bipartisan legislation to authorize the Feed the Future program was introduced in the House and Senate.  The Senate Global Food Security Act of 2014 (S. 2909) was introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and John Boozman (R-AR), and the House Global Food Security Act of 2014 (H.R. 5656) was introduced by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) and was unanimously approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  On December 10, 2014, H.R. 5656 was passed by the full House of Representatives, while in the waning hours of the 113th Congress the Senate did not pass the bill. InterAction has played a leading role in convening a broad group of NGO and other stakeholders to help shape these pieces of legislation, and we will continue to work with Congress and the administration to ensure final passage of legislation that authorizes Feed the Future and is inclusive of NGO priorities. 

For more information, please contact Katie Lee.

Key Documents on the Global Food Security Acts:

Water for the World Act:

InterAction is deeply engaged in advocacy efforts surrounding the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013.  InterAction, along with its members, has worked with Congress and the administration to refine the legislative text, garner bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and shepherd it through the legislative approval process.  This legislation seeks to ensure that WASH programming is elevated in a way that leverages the impact of other development assistance, is targeted to help the world’s poorest, and is more effective, with long-term, sustainable impacts.  It also codifies – with strengthening revisions – the good work currently being done by USAID and the State Department on WASH.  For more information, please contact Erin Rein.   

In addition to these legislative issues, InterAction is engaged in policy and advocacy work in the following areas:

Food Security:


Global Health:

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:

  • Water for the World Act of 2013
  • USAID’s Water and Development Strategy
  • World Water Day
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee hearings on Water & Sanitation
  • Sanitation and Water for All Partnership
  • Integration of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene within the Post-2015 Framework
  • Integration of WASH into Global Health, Food Security & Environment Programs
  • Budget and Appropriations


For further information on InterAction's advocacy work on development policy, please contact Katie Lee on food security and climate/environment issues and Erin Rein on global health and water, sanitation and hygiene issues.