Working with and Learning from our Members in the Field
To build on its commitment to work more closely with its members in the field and bring the voices of those on the frontlines of response into global conversations, InterAction’s humanitarian team conducted a number of field missions in 2015.
In October, InterAction, in partnership with the international NGO Forum in Juba, visited South Sudan — home to one of the most intractable crises in the world. The team visited conflict affected regions and met extensively with the humanitarian community on the ground — including local and international NGO staff members.
The InterAction Results-Based Protection Program's field visit to Lebanon in March explored humanitarian programs supporting protection outcomes.
Gathering from these experiences, InterAction produced a succinct report outlining the challenges of the collective humanitarian response in South Sudan and providing straightforward recommendations to improve our work and better influence the broader humanitarian community. A wide range of external stakeholders utilized the information from the report, and it became one of the baselines for improving practices. InterAction also conducted a number of related briefings for the UN, the U.S. government, and InterAction members.
Similarly, the InterAction Results-Based Protection Program's field visit to Lebanon in March explored humanitarian programs supporting protection outcomes. While there, InterAction led a one-day roundtable, and examined new ways to analyze and address eviction. The visit validated and narrowed in on three core elements of results-based protection in relation to practice. This identification was essential to our overall approach to results and protection outcomes. Furthermore, the trip highlighted our integral role as a neutral facilitator to support strategic planning for protection.
In 2015, InterAction also represented its membership in two inter-agency missions, joining UN agencies and other NGOs, to provide peer support to humanitarian country teams grappling with the crisis in Syria and the chronic challenges facing Niger.
By providing an unbiased platform that allows NGOs in the field access to UN and U.S. policymakers, InterAction is working to bring the voices of those on the frontlines of response into global conversations.
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