The international NGO sector is entrenched in the same reckoning that the U.S. and countries worldwide face due to systemic and systematic racism, sexism, and inequality. The sector has deep unlearning and reframing to do.
Guided by the principle of Do No Harm, InterAction strives to model the ethics it values as a mission-driven thought leader and standard-bearer to better integrate and promote a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) approach within and beyond our coalition.
Across the international development and humanitarian sectors, a consensus is growing that organizations must use an intersectional framework to challenge persistent inequalities and work in ways that are anti-racist and not based on colonial models of engagement. NGOs are now rightfully expected to understand that race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, and class are each vast and complex identities that intersect across categories, cultures, and regions.
InterAction’s DEI approach moves its Members toward an intersectional framework that will lead to broad organizational changes related to localization, staffing, compensation, and representation, among others.