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Standing United in a Time of Uncertainty

At this moment, when institutions and norms of governance, economics, and human relationship are being questioned, finding common ground for discussion, much less progress, feels elusive. During this time of uncertainty it is essential for civil society all over the world to remember and renew our core values and mission. InterAction and our members are counted among the internationalists.

Congress Takes Bipartisan Stand Against Global Hunger

Seeing that your family has a steady and stable supply of healthy and nutritious food is a fundamental commitment—and mission—of all mothers and fathers around the globe. It's a value, a need and an imperative that crosses cultural, geographic, and gender lines. And today it's a principle that crosses partisan lines in Congress, with the final passage of the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567/S. 1252).

Reflecting on 2015: What Images Inspire You?

Images can accomplish in a glance what we try to persuade others of every day. We, who fight to end global poverty and promote human dignity, can quickly get into the minutia of microfinancing in Iraq or improving food security in Togo – and that is important.  But we don’t do this work only because it’s technically challenging or innovative; we do it because of how lives can change. 

Women as Leaders in Peaceful Transition

Women are often disproportionately affected by armed conflict, yet are also often excluded from peace processes and seen as helpless and vulnerable victims in need of protection. This month we mark International Women's Day 2015 by celebrating women's progress toward greater political, social, and economic freedoms.

Invest to Save Lives and Build Sustainable Communities

The collective contributions of the U.S. government and civil society have led to significant progress in addressing global poverty. But the world is complex - new challenges emerge and considerable work remains.

Advocating for Civil Society Space in 2015

As we move into 2015, advocating for civil society space and voice will remain one of the leading priorities. This is a seminal year for development, a moment that calls on us to envision the world we want to see, and to act to create that world for future generations. As dialogue among member states for the post-2015 agenda begins, civil society is called to press forward with new ideas and take on the root causes that limit progress on development outcomes.

113th Congress Sets Politics Aside for Critical Development & Humanitarian Issues

2014 has been a busy year for the international humanitarian and development communities. From the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria, 2014 saw an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises around the globe. At the same time, this year's midterm congressional elections brought partisan tensions to new highs inside the Washington Beltway.

United We Stand: A Preview of InterAction Forum 2017

Amid rapid changes and increased uncertainty here in the U.S. and around the world, the needs of and demands upon our community are also shifting.

Recent Executive Order Runs Counter to America's Values and Interests

Vivid stories and images of suffering and struggle from around the globe— Syria, North East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen along with families caught in the global migration crisis—are fueling compassion and a will to act among Americans. In response to the administration’s proposed budget cuts to USAID and the Department of State, we see renewed bipartisan support for development as a key aspect of U.S. foreign policy.

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