Illustrative Results

The Power of the Collective Pledge

One of the amazing things that coalitions can do is use pledges to harness the power of the collective. By aligning on priority issues, we can have a stronger, higher-visibility impact.

In 2014 we announced the first InterAction-USAID collaboration under a food security partnership memorandum of understanding (MOU), with a focus on nutrition. The initiative is called LINK (Linking Investments in Nutrition during the 1,000 Day Window). It builds on our collective Global Nutrition Pledge – in which InterAction members collectively committed to spending $750 million of privately-raised funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations from 2013-2017 on nutrition alone. To advance food security more broadly, members also signed the Global Food Security Pledge, collectively committing $1.5 billion in areas such as agriculture, nutrition, and food storage and transportation. In pledging funds, InterAction members complemented our advocacy efforts by concretely demonstrating their own commitment to drastically reduce global hunger and poverty.

InterAction members complemented our advocacy efforts by concretely demonstrating their own commitment to drastically reduce global hunger and poverty.

LINK and other emerging nonprofit-private partnerships are examples of how we can accelerate advocacy efforts through strategic alignments while remaining true to our principles. InterAction members also committed to a substantial increase in 2015 child health and survival spending: to over $450 million in privately-raised, nongovernmental funds. And during the 2014 Africa Leader’s Summit, as announced by President Obama in a nationwide address, InterAction members committed to investing $4 billion in Africa over three years.

These mutual commitments increase cross-organizational focus, move issues forward, and help others understand the might and commitment of this sector in investing in major priority issues.

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