On September 26, InterAction partnered with the White House and USAID to co-host an event entitled, “Holding the Doors - A Discussion on Closing Civic Space.” The event, featuring Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, discussed the impact of President Obama's Stand with Civil Society Agenda launched in 2013, and recognized that attacks on civil society continue.
On October 12 the French Embassy, the Society for International Development, and SOS Sahel hosted a panel discussion on cultivating natural resources for more sustainable agriculture in the Sahel region of Africa. Though the Sahel is one of the poorest and most undeveloped regions of the world, the panel noted that partnering with the local civil society development actors is key to effective development and sustainable programs.
Every four years, the United States government and its citizens participate in one of the world’s most profound and peaceful transitions of power. Such opportunities present all of us with a choice in leadership – at the executive and congressional levels – as we think about the kind of country we wish to be, and the kind of world we wish to be in. The latter is most relevant because our elections impact so much beyond our borders.
I've often traveled to New York for the opening week of the UN General Assembly, but this year I'm honored to join other civil society leaders at President Barack Obama's Leaders' Summit on Refugees. And U.S. civil society, once again, has stepped up to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to helping affected people lift themselves out of hardship in a time of historic humanitarian need.
The passage of the Global Food Security Act of 2016 by the U.S Congress represents an impressive feat in collective action and collaboration to #endhunger. Over the course of almost a decade, organizations of all types and sizes connected to mobilize advocates, schedule meetings with members of Congress, host briefings with Capitol Hill staff, and discuss strategy together.
WASHINGTON -- InterAction—the largest U.S. alliance of international nongovernmental organizations—announced a commitment today by 32 of its members* to collectively invest over $1.2 billion in private resources on global humanitarian assistance efforts over the next three years. The pledge announcement comes in advance of President Barack Obama's Sept. 20 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Global leaders present at the summit are also expected to make new and significant pledges to help address the global refugee crisis.
In light of extensive civilian casualties in Yemen, NGO alliance urges Congress to vote against additional U.S. government weapon sales in upcoming debate.
WASHINGTON -- In advance of the expected congressional debate this week on the U.S. government's planned sale of additional weapons to Saudi Arabia, InterAction – the largest U.S. alliance of international NGOs – called on Congress to block the arms sale.
Fifteen minutes before the gray, 12-foot gate of the garment factory compound in Myanmar’s Hlaing Thar Yar industrial zone opens to release workers, vendors selling fried chicken on sticks and bags of nuts gather in anticipation. At a designated time, the guards roll back the gate and the vendors push their heavy carts up a steep hill and into the compound. If they hesitate, they are locked out as guards quickly close the gate behind them.
In his remarks at the Leaders' Summit on Refugees, President Obama highlighted InterAction's $1.2 billion humanitarian pledge: "We are grateful for the heroic work of so many around the world," Obama said. "International institutions and faith groups and NGOs -- including InterAction, the alliance of American NGOs whose members will invest more than $1.2 billion over the next three years to assist world's displaced people and refugees." Watch the video.
InterAction works to be a leader in the global quest to eliminate extreme poverty and vulnerability, strengthen human rights and citizen participation, safeguard a sustainable planet, promote peace, and ensure dignity for all people.