Illustrative Results

Evolving Self and Sector at the Forum

What are better ways to share innovation? What are sector leaders paying attention to? How about peers? Every year, the InterAction Forum convenes one of the largest gatherings of international development and humanitarian professionals in the country, as we welcome anyone to register and join the conversation. And every year, we try to outdo ourselves in creating a Forum that fosters the critical, ongoing evolution of our sector and ourselves as we work to address our shared global challenges. The Forum also consistently brings together civil society NGOs to build relationships, collaborate, and engage on strengthening civil society space and creating a stronger global civil society infrastructure.

Every year, the InterAction Forum convenes one of the largest gatherings of international development and humanitarian professionals in the country.

In 2014 we stepped it up even further with the InterAction 30th Anniversary Forum. With over 60 very diverse workshops and four high-level plenary sessions on critical global topics, participants engaged on issues of importance to their work, learned from experts, and built ideas with peers. To ensure the most prescient topics received attention, we used crowdsourcing to select workshop topics.

World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the United Nations’ Amina Mohammed, and White House Counselor John Podesta addressed 1,275 participants – including representation from more than two-thirds of InterAction’s member organizations. But the Forum is not just for members; other leaders from the humanitarian and development communities, government, philanthropy and corporate sectors, as well as the public, also participated. Over 200 leaders from around the world held thought-provoking plenary sessions and workshops, with tracks focusing on effective partnerships, humanitarian action, leadership and adapting NGOs, communications, the evolution of international assistance, and transparency. Special sessions were also held for young professionals and for CEOs.

Photo: J. Stuart Harris