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Celebrating World Poverty Day with a Bold Commitment

We live in a world where more than 1 billion people struggle to find enough to eat every day. More than 1 billion live in homes with inadequate roofs and no latrines. Basic services like schools and health centers are out of reach. For many individuals life remains a struggle to find the most basic human dignity.

This is our world today. But it does not have to be our world tomorrow.

Finding Our Common Voice and Our Collective Power

On June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of InterAction and our coplaintiffs in AOSI vs. USAID, a case challenging a 2003 law that required all groups receiving U.S. government funds for international HIV and AIDS work to have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution. The issue at hand was not prostitution, or its victims, but whether our government has the right to dictate what U.S. NGOs must say as they implement programs with private resources.

Investing in Security in a Difficult Budget Environment

Many of you know the feeling of walking or driving in an insecure environment outside the UN wire or the rush to get back to a compound before curfew. Security has always been a reality for NGOs but increasingly it is central to their work. In today’s economic climate U.S. NGOs are being pressed to deliver more aid with fewer resources. Overhead costs and funds for developing or maintaining agency-wide capacity, including security staff and systems, are often first to suffer cuts.

Using Maps for More Than Just Shipping

Walking around Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the months after the 2010 earthquake, I was confronted with a major challenge. How could InterAction, as the largest coalition of more than 180 U.S. humanitarian and international development non-profits, actually help coordinate the massive engagement of our member NGOs?

InterAction's Food Security Pledge: $1 Billion of Potential Leverage

Last fall InterAction pledged that its member NGOs would spend more than $1 billion (InterAction has since increased the pledge to $1.5 billion) in private resources on food security, agriculture and nutrition work over the next three years.  It may come as a surprise that U.S.-based NGOs have this amount of private resources to commit to ensuring more families worldwide have the food they need. Thanks to support from the individuals, foundations and corporations who believe in their cause and approach, they do. 

It's Time to Move from Rhetoric to Action on Aid Transparency

Today, transparency is thought to be as essential for effective development as gender equality or local ownership. Without transparency, real accountability is impossible. Without accountability, it is difficult to achieve meaningful, lasting results.

Tackling Chronic Hunger Together In 2013

Chronic hunger and undernutrition will be on my radar in 2013 as InterAction’s members intensify their efforts to solve a problem that has no place in the 21st century.

Public-Private Partnerships: The Value Of Recognizing Each Other's Value-Add To Curb Hunger

Newly-released figures on world hunger are heartening in their downward trajectory. The rate of undernourished people worldwide has declined over the last two decades. But one in eight people, or 12.5 percent of the world’s population, still suffer from undernutrition, and the rate of progress has slowed in recent years. These hunger figures aren’t just a shock to our global consciousness – they are a call to collective action.

Sharing the Olympic Dream

The struggle to achieve personal dreams and goals is a universal one whether you are in London, Darfur or Washington D.C.

Dear G8: Issues NGOs Want Addressed

Yesterday InterAction launched a series of blogs on the Huffington Post.  This blog series shines light on development issues that must be addressed during the G8 Summit, an annual meeting where heads of state from the Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States gather to discuss issues of global concern. This year, the United States will host the G8 summit at the secluded Camp David from May 18th to May 19th.

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