Humanitarian Policy

Humanitarian agencies must work together to provide a predictable, coordinated, well-resourced and holistic response to serve the needs of affected populations. InterAction supports these efforts through representing the humanitarian community in the important policy discussions over how best to respond to conflicts and natural disasters. 

In the United States, InterAction advocates for the robust funding of humanitarian assistance accounts in the U.S. budget, including the International Disaster Assistance (IDA) and the Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) accounts. See our budget and appropriations page for more details.

InterAction also educates policymakers in Congress and the U.S. government about the importance of prioritizing the needs of the displaced and most vulnerable in responses to crises around the world.

Internationally, supported by our members and working groups, InterAction participates in the work of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). The IASC is a global platform composed of humanitarian agencies, with both UN and non-UN actors represented. The IASC develops humanitarian policies that guide response, reviews emerging trends and gaps, and advocates for effective application of humanitarian principles. InterAction recently completed a research initiative examining the role of NGOs within humanitarian leadership, an update on current events within the IASC and put together an infographic on an informal survey designed to gauge NGO perceptions on the Transformative Agenda. 

InterAction is also actively engaged in global initiatives which guide and monitor the quality and accountability of humanitarian response. These include the Sphere Project, ALNAP (The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action) and the Global Humanitarian Platform.