Community Endorsement of FY2018 Recommendations

 

An Open Community Letter to Congress

Dear Senator/Representative,

We, the undersigned members and partners of InterAction, urge you to support funding in FY2018 for poverty-focused international development and humanitarian assistance accounts at no less than the levels outlined in the attached recommendations and our accompanying Choose to Invest FY2018. We also urge you to fund the International Affairs Budget (function 150) at no less than $60 billion.

In a world of complex challenges, it is vital that the United States continues its role in global leadership and engagement. Currently, there are over 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide, with almost 21.3 million of them having fled outside their countries of origin as refugees. In addition, over 20 million people face famine, or near famine conditions in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

There are also global successes; due in large part to U.S. investments, and continued efforts can bring increased stability, improved resilience in the face of disasters, and life-saving humanitarian assistance. Due in part to U.S. assistance efforts, more children survive into adulthood, polio has been nearly eradicated, and poverty has been cut in half since 1990.

With the release of the White House budget blueprint and proposed cuts to the Department of State, USAID, and other related agencies, we call on Congress to preserve U.S. global leadership and support policies and programs that are in our national interest. The continued bipartisan support for development, diplomacy and defense is crucial to maintaining global peace and stability as well as adequate and timely responses to ongoing crises.

U.S. investments in development and humanitarian assistance programs contribute immensely to our national security, benefit our economy, and fulfill America’s deepest moral values. At less than 1% of the total U.S. budget, these programs build sustainability; fight global diseases; improve maternal and child health and nutrition; help smallholder farmers; educate children; support democracy and good governance; promote human rights; provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; strengthen civil society; foster equitable growth; advance gender equality; empower women and girls, and protect people from violence, exploitation, and trafficking.

We fully understand the critical need to protect every taxpayer dollar and to ensure these programs generate real and lasting results. That is why we advocate for greater transparency and accountability. The fact is, U.S. foreign assistance delivers results and saves lives.

Assistance efforts are evolving as nations, donors, civil society and the private sector join the U.S. in results-oriented partnerships, that are more effective and efficient, to reduce extreme poverty and help developing countries build self-reliant and independent economies.

Please contact Soshana Hashmie at shashmie@interaction.org or 202-667-8227 for more information. Thank you for your consideration.

See the full list of NGO Signatories  |  Download:  Letter to Congress

 

Community FY2018 Funding Recommendations - By Account

Accounts/Subaccounts

Recommended Amounts
(in $ thousands)

Global Health Programs — USAID

9,515,500

Maternal and Child Health

900,000

GAVI

290,000

Polio in all accounts

59,000

Family Planning in all accounts

622,500

Nutrition

160,000

Vulnerable Children

25,000

Malaria

845,000

Tuberculosis

236,000

Neglected Tropical Diseases

125,000

HIV/AIDS (USAID)

350,000

Global Health Programs — State

6,195,000

PEPFAR

4,845,000

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

1,350,000

CDC Global Health - HHS (Global Health + NCEZID)

1,260,485

Bureau Of International Labor Affairs — DOL

103,500

Development Assistance

3,400,100

Feed the Future

1,000,600

Microfinance

265,000

Basic Education in all accounts

925,000

Climate Change in bilateral accounts

520,500

Biodiversity in all accounts

265,000

Water in all accounts

425,000

Economic Support Fund

4,320,000

Democracy, Rights, and Governance

2,459,017

National Endowment for Democracy

170,000

Millennium Challenge Corporation

1,000,000

International Organizations and Programs

384,500

International Development Association

1,500,600

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

43,000

International Fund for Agricultural Development

31,930

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education & Child Nutrition

209,500

Climate Change in Multilateral Accounts (Green Climate Fund only as of FY17 requests)

750,000

International Disaster Assistance

3,410,000

Migration and Refugee Assistance

3,604,000

Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance (ERMA)

50,000

Food for Peace Title II

1,875,000

USDA Local & Procurement (LRP) Program

80,000

Contributions to International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA)

2,398,000

Peacekeeping Operations (PKO)

475,391

Mechanism for Peace Operations Response

150,000

USAID Operating Expenses

1,404,800

Gender Equality (Already allocated within the above accounts)

1,900,000

FY2018 Budget Reccomendations - NGO Community Endorsement List

Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of InterAction members and partners endorsing InterAction's FY 2018 Choose to Invest budget reccomendations. For additional information please contact Soshana Hashmie.

  1. ACDI/VOCA

  2. Action Against Hunger

  3. Alliance for Peacebuilding

  4. Alliance to End Hunger

  5. American Academy of Pediatrics

  6. American Red Cross

  7. Americares

  8. Amref Health Africa

  9. Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA (AVSI USA)

  10. Basic Education Coalition

  11. Better World Campaign

  12. Bread for the World

  13. Chemonics International

  14. ChildFund International

  15. Church World Service

  16. Combat Blindness International

  17. Concern Worldwide US

  18. Congo Investment Company Services

  19. Congressional Hunger Center

  20. CORE Group

  21. Creative Learning

  22. Doctors of the World USA

  23. Education Development Center

  24. Episcopal Relief and Development

  25. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria

  26. Global Citizen

  27. Global Communities

  28. Global Health Council

  29. HIAS

  30. Habitat for Humanity International

  31. Handicap International

  32. Heart to Heart International

  33. Heifer International

  34. Helen Keller International

  35. HelpAge USA

  36. IHC Global Coalition for Inclusive Housing and Sustainable Cities

  37. IMA World Health

  38. InsideNGO

  39. InterAction

  40. International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

  41. International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

  42. International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

  43. International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

  44. International Medical Corps

  45. International Rescue Committee

  46. International Youth Foundation

  47. IntraHealth International

  48. Islamic Relief USA

  49. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

  50. Juarez & Associates, Inc.

  51. Keystone Human Services International

  52. Life for Relief and Development

  53. Lutheran World Relief

  54. Management Sciences for Health

  55. Mercy Corps

  56. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development

  57. Millennium Water Alliance

  58. NCBA CLUSA

  59. Norwegian Refugee Council USA

  60. Operation USA

  61. Oxfam America

  62. PAI

  63. PATH

  64. Pathfinder International

  65. Planet Aid

  66. Plant with Purpose

  67. Population Communication

  68. Presbyterian Church (USA)

  69. Project Concern International

  70. Project HOPE

  71. Refugees International

  72. ReSurge International

  73. Rise Against Hunger

  74. RTI International

  75. Sabin Vaccine Institute

  76. Save the Children

  77. Seva Foundation

  78. Solar Cookers International

  79. Solidarity Center

  80. The Hunger Project

  81. The Nature Conservancy

  82. Transnational NGO Initiative, Syracuse University

  83. Trickle Up

  84. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

  85. UNICEF USA

  86. United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society

  87. United Nations Association of the USA

  88. Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)

  89. War Child Canada

  90. Water for South Sudan, Inc.

  91. WellShare International

  92. Women Thrive Alliance

  93. Women's Refugee Commission

  94. World Food Program USA

  95. World Hope International

  96. World Institute on Disability

  97. World Learning

  98. World Neighbors

  99. World Renew

  100. World Vision

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