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Beyond #GivingTuesday: Supporting Long-Term Relief Efforts

Later this month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day when Americans pause and express gratitude for our blessings and good fortune in life. This day exemplifies for me some of the best of America, demonstrated by our generosity and celebrations of our unity.

A Critical Change: What the Humanitarian Field Must Do to Do Better

The humanitarian field is highly responsive to its fiercest critic – itself. Constant improvements are sought and solutions offered on how to better assist those in crisis.We often focus these evaluations on ourselves since we know that through greater coordination we can do more.

Transforming How We Respond to a Crisis Like Syria

As an alliance of international NGOs, InterAction espouses the value of working together during humanitarian crises. It is for this reason that for the past two years we have played an integral role in developing what is called a “transformative agenda." This agenda is an update to the guidance of how we work together within humanitarian responses, clarifying issues of leadership, coordination and strategy.

Improving Crisis Response: Will The NGO Voice Be Heard?

Leadership is a concept that runs like an electric current through every evaluation, study and anecdotal criticism made about the humanitarian system and our ability to respond effectively. The word is charged with expectations. We qualify it, often negatively, demonstrating repeatedly how a strong aspiration can be weakened by the mere addition of an adjective. Poor. Ineffective. Controlling.

Where the Need is Greatest

Once again the American people are showing their generosity of spirit through an outpouring of concern and donations to the many humanitarian crises that are unfolding, from the Japan earthquake to the political upheaval across the Middle East.  This modern age of connectivity is a blessing to any humanitarian organization seeking to raise funds for its work. 

That is, if the crisis for which they are trying to raise monies happens to be in the headlines.

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