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Best of 2016: Our Five Most Popular Blogs

What a year! To date, 2016 has seen many major accomplishments, such as the passing of the Global Food Security Act, and moments that challenged us, such as Hurricane Matthew and the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Honoring our Colleagues on World Humanitarian Day

Humanitarians around the world have devoted their lives to the needs of others. Once a year, on World Humanitarian Day, the world takes time to honor them.

Best of 2015: Our Five Most Popular Blogs

2015 was a powerful and emotional year for storytelling. Accounts from the front lines of Ebola captured the power of human spirit and resistance, while ongoing coverage of the Sustainable Development Goals offered hope for the progress to come. With contributions from staff, members, partners, and academia, InterAction's blog mirrored civil society's conversations in 2015 and offered advice for those looking to further engage with the sector.

Spotlight on South Sudan - What NGOs Should Know

On December 14, I sat down with Lindsay Hamsik, the ‎policy and advocacy advisor at South Sudan NGO Forum - an independent coordinating body of approximately 160 national and 142 international NGOs that serves and facilitates the work of its members to address the humanitarian and development needs in South Sudan - to discuss the crisis currently affecting South Sudan and the challenges NGOs face when providing assistance there. 

Spotlight on Somalia - What NGOs Should Know

Director of Somalia NGO Consortium Abdurahman Sharif explains the crises currently affecting the country, including expected El Niño conditions.


For the people of Somalia, expected El Niño conditions threaten to compound an already fragile humanitarian situation.

5 Tips for Negotiating the Salary or Raise that you want

Whether it's a new job or a 10-year raise, almost everyone will have to negotiate a salary at some point in their professional career.  On December 8, Alison Elissa Cardy taught a workshop for InterAction's Young Professional Network about the best way to prepare for – and succeed in – a negotiation. For those who were unable to attend, here's a quick sample of her best tips: 

The Next Chapter: Seeking the Stories of Refugees in Europe

When Italian photographer Massimo Sestini captured an image during the Mare Nostrum rescue operation in 2014, he didn’t know it would go viral.

The image portrays a very specific moment for those forced into migration – a moment of safety. After realizing the impact the photo had on viewers, Sestini began the “Where Are You?” project to raise awareness and find out what became of the hopeful faces captured in the image.

InterAction’s Laky Pissalidis Recognized as Security Industry Leader

Every year, Security magazine recognizes security sector’s leaders who have influenced the national and global security landscape through projects, programs, or departments.

InterAction’s 2015 Effective Assistance Photography Award

"He is going to make a friendship with a lion (though not real but still, a lion is a lion) with the lion's favorite dish in his lap."

- Photographer Partha Kar 

For 13 years, InterAction has held a photography contest to highlight the innovation and determination of individuals around the globe. This year, the winner of the Effective Assistance Photography Award is Partha Kar, for his submission Friendship.

Making African Civil Society A Priority

National Endowment for Democracy Conference Explores Civil Society Challenges

“All humans, not some humans.”

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