Illustrative Results

Addressing the NGO Sector's Need to Adapt to the
Shifting Global Landscape

NGO Futures

What does the future mean for U.S. NGOs? How can the sector remain relevant, and should it even seek to ensure a future role?

In 2015, the InterAction Board granted CEO Sam Worthington a three-month sabbatical to reflect on these questions. Upon his return, Worthington stressed that NGOs shouldn’t seek to “work themselves out of a job” but should look to adapt to fit shifting global demands and needs. In a globalized world, we will always need NGOs that work across borders, but their roles may be quite different.

With this in mind, Worthington engaged with our board and member CEOs. In these meetings, it became clear that many organizations are beginning to map out the sector’s evolution, and there is a strong desire from leaders to accelerate this change.

Many organizations are beginning to map out the sector’s evolution, and there is a strong desire from leaders to accelerate this change.

In response, InterAction began to lay the framework for a program that would leverage the ability of member leadership to reflect on the role of U.S. NGOs in the years ahead.

This program will create a safe environment for learning, develop action plans based on collective wisdom, and leverage resources from outside the immediate sector for NGOs seeking to evolve.

As this project continues to take shape, InterAction is hopeful that it will create opportunities for leaders to exchange views and ultimately achieve a more in-depth understanding of sector-wide changes – such as stakeholder engagement and innovative financing – as they relate to the needs and realities of a variety of organizations.

Join us as we embrace new challenges and opportunities, and collectively define our added value and strategic direction to ensure that NGOs remain both effective and relevant in the years to come. 

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