Choose to Invest FY2017

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Helping people living in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable places 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 FY2017.

Published annually by InterAction, Choose to Invest is an online educational resource designed to help members of Congress, congressional staff, and others working on appropriations questions related to key U.S. global development and humanitarian programs. Each budget account profile includes:

  • A specific funding recommendation built on decades of field experience by InterAction members;
  • A list of key program facts and a chart of previous funding levels; and
  • A story illustrating the impact of the program in helping empower vulnerable communities across the globe.

As Congress moves into budget and appropriations season for FY2017, we hope Choose to Invest will continue to be a valuable, educational tool for members of Congress, their staff and other U.S. policymakers working to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty.

Behind the Headlines:
U.S. Development And Humanitarian Initiatives In Action

U.S. leadership on global development and humanitarian relief initiatives have helped empower millions around the globe, allowing them to lift themselves out of poverty and increase local resilience to natural disasters. Take a look at a couple of success stories featured in the latest edition of Choose to Invest. Additional information on how U.S. investments in global development and humanitarian assistance are paying off can be found in InterAction's Aid Works fact sheet series.


Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord CareSevere infections are a leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide. Many of these infections are caused by bacteria entering the umbilical cord stump due to unhygienic conditions or the application of substances such as cow dung to the cord stump. Now – thanks to the collaborative efforts of the USAID, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), PATH, and other nonprofit and academic organizations – there is a new tool to protect newborns, an antiseptic called chlorhexidine that is applied to the newly cut umbilical cord. ... More

Building Demand for Sanitation Marketing

Most rural villagers in Ghana’s Upper West region had never considered installing a toilet. Many people say they did not even know about toilets until CARE began the USAID-funded West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene (WA-WASH) three years ago. While Ghana struggles with meeting sanitation targets, the 22 WA-WASH villages have made important gains: a pit latrine at every household and families ending open defecation. Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and sanitation marketing, together, have helped households quickly move up the sanitation ladder. ... More

Integrated Neighborhood Approach Hailed as Model for Disaster Response and Recovery

Project Concern International (PCI), in partnership with Global Communities, completed two years of rebuilding the Port-Au-Prince, Haiti neighborhood of Ravine Pintade, which had been greatly damaged by the 2010 earthquake. With technical input and funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), Global Communities and PCI supported local residents in designing and rebuilding a healthier, safer, and more nurturing community. ... More

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