Q&A With Abdurahman Sharif

Abdurahman Sharif is the director of the Somalia NGO Consortium, a network of International and local NGOs working in Somalia. InterAction's blog editor sat down with him on Dec. 4, 2015 to discuss the crisis currently affecting Somalia and the challenges ahead for civil society.



The Right Balance: Reducing Risks while Advancing Human Wellbeing

We usher in a new year where, due to recent terrorist attacks, living in Paris today feels different than it did just a few years ago. And far from a western capital, risks for NGOs are on the rise. Bombings, kidnappings, and gunfire exchange between armed groups makes working in Syria significantly more dangerous than prior to the Arab Spring. No one will deny that the risks we face today are very real and growing.

Youth Leadership and Voice in Post 2015: UN Resolution 2250

It is not new knowledge that half of the world’s population is made up of persons under the age of 35, the majority of whom are youth older than 15. As the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals near, the world will be responsible for achieving sustainable development within only fifteen years. In the absence of the estimated two trillion dollars per year to realize the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, development initiatives must be implemented efficiently and – ideally – through community leadership to reduce loss of money from trickle-down approaches.

Youth Program Celebrates Success in Mali

In rural Mali, thousands of young people have gained the skills, knowledge, and tools to improve their lives and bolster their communities thanks to the USAID-funded Mali Out-of-School Youth project (PAJE-Nièta).

November marked the successful conclusion of PAJE-Nièta during a special ceremony in Bamako. As part of the ceremony, the project officially transferred basic education materials, developed by EDC, to the Government of Mali, ensuring that they can be used to inform other basic education and youth entrepreneurship development programming in the future.

Best of 2015: Our Five Most Popular Blogs

2015 was a powerful and emotional year for storytelling. Accounts from the front lines of Ebola captured the power of human spirit and resistance, while ongoing coverage of the Sustainable Development Goals offered hope for the progress to come. With contributions from staff, members, partners, and academia, InterAction's blog mirrored civil society's conversations in 2015 and offered advice for those looking to further engage with the sector.

Spotlight on South Sudan - What NGOs Should Know

On December 14, I sat down with Lindsay Hamsik, the ‎policy and advocacy advisor at South Sudan NGO Forum - an independent coordinating body of approximately 160 national and 142 international NGOs that serves and facilitates the work of its members to address the humanitarian and development needs in South Sudan - to discuss the crisis currently affecting South Sudan and the challenges NGOs face when providing assistance there. 

NPR: True Or False: It's A Good Idea To Send Your (Used) T-Shirts To Africa

On Dec. 21, NPR's Goats and Soda blog released a quiz highlighting the dos and don'ts of giving to global charities. InterAction’s Sam Worthington was featured along with experts from several other leading NGOs. Take the quiz or visit the Goats and Soda blog to learn more.

Eight Steps to Successfully Managing a Founder Transition

The departure and replacement of long-tenured Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of international humanitarian organizations are clearly complex and often go awry. When the CEO is also the founder, the situation becomes even trickier. The issues involved are not unique to social change organizations, but they are perhaps more pronounced. Egos can get bruised, feelings hurt, and people struggle to function in new roles, in part because they are not properly supported. Mission focus gets blurred, if not temporarily lost. 


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