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Honoring and Protecting the World's Humanitarians

The world is experiencing humanitarian crises in scope and scale not seen since the end of World War II. Famine like conditions threaten 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, and conflict is raging in Syria, the Central African Republic (CAR), and other parts of the globe. On World Humanitarian Day, August 19th, we honor the contributions of and risks taken by all who strive to alleviate human suffering and elevate humanity in time of crisis.  

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.

The Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Increase Civil Society Space

This month, leaders from 193 countries will gather in New York City to formally adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we move from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs, it’s critical to acknowledge how they differ. The MDGs rest on an older model of development – richer nations provide development assistance to poorer countries.

Ebola: The Fight to Reach Zero and the Road to Recovery

This spring we mark the one year anniversary of the onset of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. The crisis has resulted in over 25,551 cases and over 10,588 deaths. It has highlighted the immediate challenges community members and response workers face operating in fragile healthcare systems and its broader effects on local economies, food security, and cultural norms.

Civil Society Engagment Crucial at IMF-World Bank Meeting

In our media moment, even the smallest demonstration, charitable effort or advocacy campaign can go global in an instant. Yet, the sum of modern civil society is more than a collection of breaking news headlines, viral videos or hashtags trending on Twitter. 

Supreme Court Stands With NGOs in Landmark Free-Speech Ruling

Today, NGOs scored a major legal victory when the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that a USAID policy requirement infringed upon Americans’ right to free speech. The case, USAID v AOSI, challenges a 2003 law that requires all groups receiving U.S government funds for international HIV and AIDS work to have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.

Nutrition for Growth: An Historic Moment for Global Nutrition Efforts?

World leaders gathered Saturday in London at the Nutrition for Growth summit and pledged an impressive total of $21.9 billion to be spent between now and 2020 to combat undernutrition. Just as significant as the amounts pledged was who was pledging: governments, foundations, businesses and NGOs all made commitments that resulted in billions of dollars.

Citizen Engagement Forms the Backbone for Good Development

A democracy truly founded on participation requires strong citizen engagement and feedback. In many contexts, civil society organizations are the most common conduits to include the voice of citizens. Citizen engagement, when it works, encourages greater transparency and accountability and may reduce corruption. NGOs, which often have a strong history of working in communities, are crucial in this endeavor.

The Gold Friends

When I was 8 years old, my grandmother decided that I needed to learn to cross stitch. She treated everything as an opportunity to improve me, so I was not allowed to pick the motto for my sampler myself, as I might not have chosen a worthy lesson. It said, “make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold,” and when I finished, it was framed and hung on my bedroom wall.

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