Introduction

InterAction’s FY2016 Funding Recommendations for Foreign Assistance

Helping the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people is vital to securing our nation, growing our economy and maintaining our moral leadership around the world.

InterAction, the nation’s leading policy advocate for international humanitarian relief and development programs, is proud to present our recommendations for poverty-fighting funding in FY2016.

Our organizations represent millions of Americans who provide over $8 billion in financial support to over 180 U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). InterAction member organizations are faith-based and secular, large and small, and deliver the kinds of services that save and improve lives, while promoting self-sufficiency around the world. Our members work with people to help them build better lives for themselves through health, education, food security, water, sanitation and other programs.

The following pages outline our FY2016 funding recommendations for the U.S. government’s poverty-focused international development and humanitarian relief programs. Our recommendations are built on decades of field experience partnering with local communities to deliver assistance.

We hope these pages will help members of Congress, their staff and other U.S. policymakers improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty. Particularly with ongoing crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Ukraine and Ebola-affected countries, we look forward to working with you in the coming year to promote U.S. leadership in ending global poverty and addressing humanitarian crises.

What is poverty-focused development and humanitarian assistance?

Poverty-focused development assistance refers to foreign aid that helps the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. 

Development programs help people and countries lift themselves out of poverty, building better lives for themselves and their children. These programs build sustainability by helping family farmers increase their productivity, improving health care, getting children to attend and stay in school, or providing access to safe water and sanitation.

Humanitarian relief programs help save lives and alleviate the suffering of those who have been affected by natural and man-made disasters such as conflict, drought and floods by providing emergency access to food, medical assistance, water and shelter.

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