InterAction has strived to continuously strengthen the links with and support for NGO coordination mechanisms in the field. In May 2017, InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice team hosted its seventh annual NGO Coordination meeting, bringing together country-based and regional NGO consortia from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.
The annual workshop is part of an effort to contribute to the creation of a strong community of practice for NGO consortia representatives
The meeting was a valuable opportunity to review the unique roles of NGO consortia in the field, supporting and representing the broader community with host governments, UN agencies, and donor government representatives. It also focused on unique contributions that consortia can make to the in-country and global conversations around the humanitarian and development nexus, especially in protracted conflicts.
The workshop is part of an ongoing effort to contribute to the creation of a strong community of practice for NGO consortia representatives, and to support them as they navigate operational and policy issues during their day-to-day operations.
In the days following the workshop, InterAction also organized meetings with relevant U.S. government counterparts and U.S. congressional staff to bolster the voice of NGO practitioners in relevant policy debates in Washington.