Workshops

WORKSHOP TRACK KEY

This year alongside the traditional workshops, we also have tracks of workshops that are specifically designed for attendees in particular stages in their careers, or with specialized interests. Graduate students and Younger professionals may be interested in the Young Professionals Summit. Executives may benefit from the high level leadership training and networking available through our CEO Track. In addition there will be tracks of workshops for advocacy professionals, communications staff and those particularly interested in transparency and evaluation. Attending one of these customized tracks of workshops does not remove you from the Forum. Rather, it customizes your experience in an effort to maximize your engagement, learning, networking opportunities.

0[]  Young Professionals Summit/Track
The second day of Forum, Tuesday April 30th is host to InterAction’s Young Professionals Summit. The summit is a full day of speakers, workshops, and networking events tailored for professionals in the first half of their career. Participants will be introduced to cutting edge innovations in the sector, interact with NGO CEO’s, and be challenged as future leaders.

0[]  Working with the Private Sector Track
The role of the private sector in activities that until not so long ago were considered exclusive to international development and humanitarian response has become increasingly important. With heightened pressure from governments, consumers, and others to be more socially responsible in their business, partnerships between these two sectors, corporate and NGO, continues to grow. Workshops in this track will highlight the evolution of corporate social responsibility, provide examples of “good practices” in successful partnerships, and help organizations assess and advance their own capacity to partner through hands-on exercises.

0[]  Linking Relief and Development Track
Relief and development structures and processes have historically been seen as unique and independent of each other. Disasters, both natural and man-made, disrupt on-going development programs. Development institutions typically fail to address the risks of emergencies and focus on promising communities rather than the most vulnerable ones, while emergency programs may create dependence that undermines long-term development efforts. This track of workshops highlights the areas where the lines between relief and development have become blurred and the two camps can come together to create resilient and thriving communities.

0[]  Advocacy Track
Advocacy is an important tool used to support development and humanitarian assistance work. This workshop track provides perspectives on effective advocacy methods for direct engagement with policymakers as well as grassroots mobilization on both national and international levels.

0[]  Communications Track
The Communications Track is geared toward communications professionals at all levels. The workshops will explore the latest trends in communications and multimedia, and challenges facing organizations as they promote their work. The track will be held the second day of Forum, Tuesday, April 30.

0[]  Accountability, Transparency & Results Track
The wide-ranging workshops in the Accountability, Transparency & Results Track all have one thing in common: a concern with improving the accountability and effectiveness of international development and humanitarian relief efforts. The workshops in this track deal with issues such as the role of standards in improving effectiveness, the trend towards greater transparency of not only aid activities, but also their results, and mechanisms for improving accountability to those aid is intended to benefit. 

0[]  CEO Track
This track of workshops is designed for the CEOs of InterAction's member organizations as an opportunity to network, exchange ideas on pressing international development issues, and participate in strategic thinking and capacity building exercises with their peers. The session in this track are closed to other attendees.

MONDAY, APRIL 29

1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

0[] 0[] Policy Advocacy Evaluation in Practice: Comparative Review of Nine Advocacy Organizations (Salon A)
Policy advocacy is growing in importance in development practice, yet clear principles and best practices for how to evaluate it are still emerging. Nine major advocacy organizations recently joined forces to review their practices and explore lessons that emerge from a comparative analysis. Main findings from the review include a trend towards formalization and standardization of M&E for policy advocacy, drivers behind building evaluative culture, and approaches to balancing internal learning with outward accountability. In an informal ‘coffee house’ style discussion, panelists from five of the nine organizations (CARE, ONE, Sierra Club, Bread and Oxfam America) will share and their thoughts on what this means for measuring policy advocacy, and participants in the room will be invited to join in with their own experiences and reflections. In the spirit of how this comparative review was conducted, we aim to create a space for cross-learning, and to contribute to the continued development of the sub-field of policy advocacy evaluation and learning.

Moderator:
Gabrielle Watson, Campaign Evaluation Manager, Oxfam America

Speakers:
Charlie Harris, Field Operations Manager, ONE
Juliette Majot, Independent Consultant
Asma Lateef, Senior International Policy Analyst, Bread for the World
David Ray, Head of Policy and Advocacy, CARE USA

0[] Serious Fun: Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction Through Participatory Games (Salon B)
Raising awareness in communities and explaining complexities around disaster risks, climate change and strategies for managing these risks before a storm, crop failure or flood hits can be extremely difficult by means of a lecture or PowerPoint presentation. Participatory games, however, can be an effective and creative way to achieve these goals through a process that promotes discovery and problem solving. Workshop participants will engage in game-based activities designed to capture, through simple rules, the more complex real-life challenges and decision-making processes we face in managing risk.
The workshop will present participants with a look at new tools being developed to focus community attention around specific vulnerabilities and explain complex problems in an understandable and actionable way.

Speakers:
Lisette Braman, Climate Risk Advisor - Program Integration, International Services, American Red Cross
Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
Rod Snider, Sr. Advisor Disaster Preparedness, International Services, American Red Cross
Sara Sywulka, Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist, Food for the Hungry

Survive, Strive and Thrive: The Civil Society and the U.S. Government's Action Plan for Children in Adversity (Salon C)
In a historic moment, the U.S. government launched its Action Plan for Children in Adversity (Action Plan) at the White House in December 2012. The Action Plan will impact the policies, programs and funding of 7 USG Departments, 30 agencies in the U.S. government, as well as multiple sectors within the humanitarian and development fields. The Action Plan works to increase the impact and efficiency of U.S. government funding directed at successful, evidence-based models that have been proven to help children survive early childhood and thrive in their environment. It connects such sectors as child protection, child survival, child health, child nutrition, family care and care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). The Action Plan has been supported by 109 U.S. and International NGOs, through a joint letter-of-support and the formation of the Children in Adversity Policy Partnership. This will be a hands on interactive session where participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities this presents globally and within your specific organization.

Speakers:
Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, USAID
Jesse Eaves, Senior Policy Advisor, Child Protection, World Vision
Kathleen Strottman, Executive Director, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Tom DiFilipo, President, Joint Council on International Children's Services

Universal Design for Learning: Communication Across Environments (Salons D&E)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) makes programs widely accessible to a diverse audience. Utilizing concepts and technology developed under Universal Design principles (such as building and urban design), UDL allows persons with language, cultural, or other learning barriers, to gain a deeper learning experience than they would under traditional training approaches. This workshop will provide you with an understanding of the background and general concepts behind UDL; why it is important; examples of how it is being implemented, and how it can be utilized today in different parts of the world including:
1. How Algerian teachers incorporate UDL concepts and techniques in their classrooms;
2. How the eGranary Digital Library offers a range of free, open source accessibility software including information about UDL;
3. How Universal Design for Education meets education needs of those who are most excluded

Moderator:
Charlotte McLain-Nhlapo, Coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development, USAID

Speakers:
Andrea Shettle, Manager of the Global Disability Rights Library, US International Council on Disabilities
Aubrey Webson, Director, Perkins International
Leah Bitat, Director, World Learning/Algeria

0[] Inclusive Peace Making: Breaking Down Barriers so Peace Workers can Engage All Parties in Dialogue and Conflict Transformation (Salons F&G)
Peace workers around the world have demonstrated how nonviolent approaches can transform violent conflicts and build conditions for lasting peace. Inclusive dialogue and programming is a critical component of the peace making process. However, in recent years, nations have used their power to limit dialogue and any form of engagement with people who they identify (or "blacklist") as threats to national security. These restrictions and barriers to communication have placed peace workers in a precarious situation. Should they engage all actors in nonviolent change so they can carry out their work effectively? What are the next steps for people engaged in peace work? This workshop is for people who are working, or interested, in peacemaking at the local, national or transnational level.

Moderator:
Alissa Wilson, Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator for Africa, American Friends Service Committee

Speakers:
David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
Kay Guinane, Director, Charity and Security Network

0[] The Obama Administration’s Foreign Assistance Legacy (InterAction Member CEOs Only) (Salon H)
Since taking office, President Obama has been a proponent of development as a key part of U.S. foreign policy, launching Feed the Future, the Global Climate Change Initiative, a focus on fragile states, and the first ever Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development. What legacy has the administration created for U.S. foreign assistance policy, and how will it be shaped between now and 2016? Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the White House National Security Council is invited for a candid discussion of the Obama administration’s international development legacy and the future of U.S. foreign assistance. InterAction member CEOs will have the opportunity to participate through a question and answer session following the discussion.

Speakers:
Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, White House National Security Council

What’s Next? Global Health, the MDGs and 2015 (Salon J)
This workshop would examine global health needs in the context of the on-going discussions within the international development community around a global development strategy as it pertains to global health. It will focus on progress made on the current health-related MDGs, where and why the goals haven’t been met, what more can be achieved within the MDG time frame and which health-related areas will need to be better addressed as a post 2015 strategy is being put in place.

Moderator:
Dr. Jonathan Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health

Speakers:
Dr. Oluwafunmilola Dare, CEO, CHESTRAD International
Michael J. Beard, Executive Director, UN Foundation Advocacy

Creating Pathways for the Most Excluded and Vulnerable (Salon K)
There is a growing realization among post-2015 experts, multilaterals, governments and organizations that development efforts have fallen short in their service to the most vulnerable and excluded population, the ultrapoor. This workshop aims to deepen participants’ understanding of those who live in the conditions of ultrapoverty through introducing factors that segment them from the over 1 billion people estimated to live in conditions of extreme poverty. Doing so will facilitate the analysis of both policy and operational challenges in reaching this population, while lessons will be drawn from the CGAP/Ford Foundation Graduation pilots and USAID, as well as the experience of ACDI/VOCA and Trickle Up in designing programs that have extended their reach to this overlooked population. Throughout the workshop, participants will help develop a checklist to guide their own policy and program interventions in better responding to the needs of more vulnerable and excluded groups.
Reading on the ultrapoor in Monthly Developments: http://www.trickleup.org/media/publications/povertyparadox/The-Poverty-Paradox.cfm

Moderator:
Alexia Latortue, Deputy CEO of CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)

Speakers:
Tim Mahoney, Vulnerable Populations Advisor, USAID
Jaya Sarkar, Vice President of Programs, Trickle Up
Mike Thayer, Director of Food Security at ACDI/VOCA

0[]  The Impact of Market Forces on Corporate and NGO Partnerships (Lee)
International NGOs and corporations have developed their partnerships subscribing to the latter’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. While providing value to the corporations’ customers and shareholders, CSR programs opened pathways for business to partner with different, even new, stakeholders, including U.S. and local NGOs, and more importantly, with the communities where they operate and invest. The evolution of CSR from 1.0 to 3.0, also referred to as Creating Shared Value (CSV), has impacted the way NGOs and corporations work together in the field. Some companies say the days of ‘writing the check’ are over; others that their grant making have become a small part of a larger, business-driven approach to generating societal value in select communities. Join this panel to hear about how external drivers impacts programming, methods of creating a shared value, examples of successful partnerships, and practical ideas for NGOs on retooling themselves for the next decade.

Moderator:
Gerald McSwiggan, Director of Issue Networks, Business Civic Leadership Center

Speakers:
Andrea Durkin, Senior Director, Global Government Affairs & Policy, Abbott
David McGinty, Director, Public Private Partnerships, World Vision US
Shane O’Connor, Program Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

0[] Video Storytelling for Social Change (Salon A)
Video is everywhere, but effective storytelling is rare. How do you use the stories from your organization to connect your target audience on an emotional level to the work that you do? How do you use video stories to move people to awareness, to understanding, to action?
Workshop attendees will be exposed to cutting-edge work and engage in critical discussions about what makes an effective video story and how to identify and reach your target audiences in a way that moves them to action. Attendees will have the opportunity to workshop story ideas for their organization and come away with their own storytelling and distribution strategy.

Speakers:
Catherine Orr, Co-Founder, StoryMineMedia
Elena Rue, Co-Founder, StoryMineMedia
Joe Schroeder, Director of Farm Sustainability, RAFI
Lora Smith, Communications Officer, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Congress and the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals (Salon B)
While 2015 might seem far away, the next Millennium Development Goals are beginning to take shape. These internationally agreed to goals and targets will shape foreign assistance programming and sway donors. Congress needs to be aware and supportive of these goals as they influence U.S. policy and funding. This session will discuss Congress' role in developing a post 2015 MDG framework.

Moderator:
Susan Hill, President and CEO, International Housing Coalition

Speakers:
Michael J. Beard, Executive Director, UN Foundation Advocacy
Diane Ohlbaum, Senior Professional Staff Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
 

0[] Sustaining Support for International Development and Humanitarian Assistance in a Divided Congress (Salon C)
InterAction and our members actively engage in every step of the budget and appropriations process. This workshop will discuss how to best advocate for our accounts given a divided Congress and current fiscal constraints. Speakers from the Hill and the administration will discuss the budget process from the development of the President’s request by OMB through enactment of a final appropriations bill. This panel will address how to best deal with a divided Congress amidst current budget uncertainties and how to advocate effectively for our accounts.

Moderator:
Larry Nowels, Consultant

Speakers:
Rob Goldberg, Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance, State Department
Andrew King, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Lindsey Graham
Steve Marchese, Minority Clerk of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Harnessing the Power of E-Learning – What is on the Horizon (Salons F&G)
As NGO workers, we’ve become adept over the years at training ourselves to meet the challenges of global relief and development work. But we continue to do so predominantly through face-to-face, classroom-based methods. Recent trends in aid - including the need for rapid scaling of operations, greater cost efficiencies, and expanded use of partnerships - are placing tremendous strain on these time-tested approaches to staff development. In order to achieve greater reach, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness, the NGO community is increasingly turning to e-learning and blended learning approaches to help complement existing training methods. This workshop will explore the emerging fields of e-learning and blended learning as illustrations of how technology is shaping the future of humanitarian and development action. Participants will not only learn about current directions in e-learning and blended learning - they will be invited to help shape its future development based on their own experiences and recommendations.

Moderator:
Marie McNamee, Director Programs-HR,Legal, IT, InsideNGO

Speakers:
Elizabeth McLean, Senior Technical Advisor, Management Sciences for Health
Eric Berg, Executive Director, LINGOs
George Devendorf, Director, Disaster Ready Initiative, Cornerstone on Demand Foundation

0[] Facing the Future: Understanding Your Organization’s Leadership Needs (InterAction Member CEOs Only) (Salon H)
A major factor limiting the sustainability and growth of successful nonprofit organizations is the shortage of qualified leaders at many levels—to run new programs, open new field programs, and build effective support functions. This session will explore how NGOs can best anticipate the qualities their leaders will need to deliver on their strategic, operational, and funding models in coming years, especially as those models shift to respond to global development trends.  Based on the premise that effective leadership development must be linked to strategy, Bridgespan’s Elizabeth Binder will highlight examples of how to determine future leadership needs and will facilitate small group discussions among peer organizations on the leadership implications of the strategic and business model changes they are facing.

Speakers:
Elizabeth Binder, Manager, The Bridgespan Group
Jari Tuomala, Partner, The Bridgespan Group

0[] Young Professionals Summit Opening Session: Engaging Innovation, Opportunity, & Crazy Ideas (Salon J)
The stage is set and the the Young Professionals Summit launched by Sam Worthington (CEO of InterAction). He will set the stage for the day by describing  the changing landscape, challenges, opportunities and new trends in development and humanitarian assistance. Then short presentations and a panel discussion will explore creativity by traditional actors, the potential of private sector solutions, and innovative academic research that may help inform us all in the fight against poverty and human suffering.

Moderator:
Sam Worthington, President & CEO, InterAction

Speakers:
Andrew Syed, Manager of Environmental and Social Responsibility, Newmont Mining Company
James Habyarimana, Co-Director, Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development
Dr. Oluwafunmilola Dare, CEO, CHESTRAD International

0[] Will U.S. NGOs (and Contractors) Join the Open Data Movement? (Salon K)
From open source software to open government to open aid and open development, the idea of "open" is taking more and more precedence in everything we do. Many international development actors - from donors, to multilaterals, to foundations - are making significant progress in increasing the transparency of their work. While some U.S. based agencies have embraced this agenda, in general U.S. based NGOs are behind the curve compared to their counterparts in other countries. This workshop will include presentations from NGOs that are taking steps to make themselves more open in order to achieve greater accountability and better impact. It will also look at the issue of the use of aid information: who needs this information and for what? What is needed to ensure that different groups are able to access, understand and use this information? And what difference can it make?

Moderator:
John Hecklinger, Chief Program Officer, GlobalGiving

Speakers:
Andrew Palmer, Senior Engagement & Advocacy Advisor, Development Initiatives (DI)
Linda Raftree, Senior Advisor for Innovation, Transparency and Strategic Change, Plan International USA
Marc Cassidy, Governance Director, Pact

Gifts-in-Kind: What's Effective and What's Next? (Jackson)
How can we develop successful public-private partnerships incorporating Gifts-in-Kind? This workshop will identify what has worked in Gifts-in-Kind (GIK) and help participants innovate beyond the traditional GIK model. Featuring examples of successful GIK integration and perspectives from the private-sector, NGO community (U.S.-based and field-based) and a multi-lateral agency, the workshop will explore opportunities for innovation and impact, offer insight and lessons from the frontline, and unpack the connection between GIK and resource mobilization, as well as the potential for GIK to enhance public-private partnerships. What more can be done? Find out at this session intended to foster innovation and collaboration.

Moderator:
Priya Bery, Vice President, Global Giving Partnerships, TOMS

Speakers:
Dr. Abdel Nasser Direny, MD-MPH, NTD Advisor / Senior Program Manager for Haiti, IMA World Health
Carol Wylie, Vice President - Gifts-in-Kind, World Vision US
Maura O'Neil, Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Councelor to the Administration, USAID

Development Jeopardy: WASHing for the Future of Development (Lee)
Ensuring access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services plays an important role in safeguarding people’s health and wellbeing, and is important in both the humanitarian and development sectors. WASH provides a way to link the two. WASH partnerships can leverage opportunities to increase health gains, scale-up outcomes, and improve cost-effectiveness. This workshop will inspire participants to engage in a development future where WASH is integrated into existing development sector initiatives and allows for an entry point to address other development issues.
This symposium will feature a live, fun-filled game of Jeopardy to discuss the role of WASH in the future of development. An emcee will lead the entire audience in playing the game. Categories will educate participants about impacts of WASH on health and opportunities for integration, featuring categories such as maternal and child health, HIV/AIDs, malaria, nutrition, and diarrhea. During the game, expert panelists will share integration experiences, and discuss challenges and opportunities.

Moderator:
Darren Saywell, PhD, WASH/CLTS Technical Director, Plan International USA

Speakers:
Kate Tulenko, MD, MPH, Senior Director for Health Systems Innovation, IntraHealth
John Coonrod, PhD, Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project
Renuka Bery, MPH, Sr. Program Manager, FHI360

1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

0[] 0[] Effective Advocacy (Salon A)
Advocacy is a vital cornerstone of the development and humanitarian community's work. Without it, we would be unable to influence policies that determine our ability – or inability – to carry out our work. This workshop describes the key elements needed to construct an effective advocacy campaign and the best means and methods for influencing decision-makers. The speaker has over 30 years of advocacy experience working in the U.S., in southern countries, and on multi-national campaigns. He will utilize a case study to demonstrate the essential elements of an effective campaign, including: properly defining a goal, conducing a power analysis, building relationships, and taking direct actions to influence outcomes. A 30 page advocacy manual is included.

Speaker:
John Ruthrauff, Director, International Advocacy, InterAction

Setting the Agenda: Can NGOs Take the Lead in Global Policy Discussions? (Salon B)
This workshop will facillitate an open and honest discussion about the role that NGOs can and should be playing in setting the global policy agenda, within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and beyond.
Key questions for discussion include what are the major issues of concern for the NGO community? What are our strengths and weaknesses in engagement with global policy? Where can and should we discuss these issues?

Moderator:
Patricia McIlreavy, Senior Director for Humanitarian Policy, InterAction

Speakers:
Ciarán Donnelly, Director, Strategic Analysis & Management, International Rescue Committee
Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Advisor, Mercy Corps
Paul O'Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America

0[] 0[] Feedback Matters: How Communities’ Perceptions Can Improve Program Quality and Effectiveness (Salon C)
Donors and aid agencies use different methods to listen to the views of the communities in which they work. Some use storytelling to understand the context better, to gather feedback, and to evaluate their efforts. Others have established feedback systems, including complaints and response mechanisms, while some are using new technologies to provide information, gather feedback and improve accountability. However, there has not been enough learning between humanitarian and development practitioners using these methods, and the challenge remains to use the feedback to affect decision-making processes beyond the project level. This workshop aims to bridge this gap in learning between humanitarian and development programming by bringing together examples and lessons on how to effectively listen and respond to the views of those whom InterAction members aim to assist and work with in the field, and how this will improve their operations, effectiveness, and accountability.

Moderator:
Dayna Brown, Director of the Listening Program, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects

Speakers:
John Hecklinger, Chief Program Officer, Global Giving Foundation
Yvonne Makunde, Humanitarian Accountability Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services Zimbabwe
Hana Haller Crowe, Sr. Specialist, Accountability, Division of Humanitarian Response, Save the Children

0[] Show & Tell: Using Infographics to Tell a Compelling Story (Salons D&E)
Come learn how to create infographics that tells compelling and accurate stories. Hear tricks from experts with years of experience creating infographics, debate what works and what does not when creating infographics, and apply what you learn to make better and clearer infographics.

Moderator:
Jeanne Paradis, Communications Associate, InterAction

Speakers:
Alicia Parlapiano, Graphics Editor, The New York Times
Gary Seidman, President, SwitchYard Media
Juan Velasco, Art Director, National Geographic Magazine

0[] Toilets, Taps and Trees: Strengthening Community Resilience to Natural Disasters Through Conservation and WASH (Salons F&G)
Through briefings and interactive table discussions, this workshop will present WASH and conservation as a means to strengthen community resilience and reduce the impact of disasters on public health and infrastructure. Case studies will demonstrate tangible ways to implement WASH and conservation programs. The workshop will define resilience and introduce the current USAID Resilience Strategy. Key concepts include community and cross-sectoral participation; the linkages between WASH and watershed management; and innovation in natural infrastructure to meet challenges of building resilience to disasters.

Moderator:
Elynn Walter, WASH in Schools Director, WASH Advocates

Speakers:
Anita van Breda, Director, Disaster Reduction and Response, World Wildlife Fund
Christian Holmes, Global Water Coordinator, USAID
Marc Cohen, Senior Researcher, Humanitarian Policy, Oxfam America

0[] A Conversation with the Executive Office (InterAction Member CEOs Only) (Salon H)
All InterAction member CEOs are invited for a candid and informal exchange on policy, leadership and trends that are shaping our community and the role of InterAction. During this session, where any topic is welcome, InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington and Executive Vice President Lindsay Coates will explore collective solutions to our common concerns, share lessons learned during the last year and examine the priorities guiding InterAction's future course.

0[] A Seat at the Table: Youth in Decision Making Roles (Salon J)
This workshop will bring together youth from various organizations who are currently serving on the organization’s Board of Directors, program design team or as advisors to senior level staff. The panelists will briefly share their experiences serving in a governance capacity, challenges they have faced, positive changes they have been able to create and tips for those interested in engaging youth this way. The participants will then break into small groups and solve an organizational challenge in collaboration with youth. Through this exercise participants will encounter challenges and opportunities of youth participation in governance and report their findings to the group via a gallery walk exercise. The youth would then moderate a brief discussion about the different scenarios and what challenges and opportunities arose with youth participation.
Participants will walk away from the session with new ideas and best practices on why youth governance is an effective practice, tools for implementation in their own organizations, and practical advice from youth participants involved in organizational governance.

Moderator:
Porter Reim, Youth Advisory Board Member, Plan International USA

Speakers:
Atim Caroline Ogwang Ataga, Human Rights, Gender and Sign Language Officer, Southern Sudan Deaf Development Concern
Joseph Munyambanza, UN Secretary General's Youth Advisory Committee on the Education First Initiative
Milton Omar Turcios, Metas Project, Education Development Center (EDC)

Navigating Reproductive Choice: An Interactive Approach to Understanding Barriers to Women’s Reproductive Health (Salon K)
This workshop will offer participants a first-hand sense of the social and structural barriers women and girls encounter when seeking reproductive health care. The workshop will use the Audience Response System to introduce the prevailing attitudes and common misconceptions about women’s childbearing intentions and access to family planning (FP). Then participants will be assigned identities (as FP clients or providers) and role-play interactions to demonstrate the common challenges women and girls may face in their attempts to access FP and make informed choices in line with their reproductive intentions. Workshop speakers will then facilitate small group discussions about these challenges, potential solutions, and how participants can apply this new knowledge in their work. These groups will report back to the larger group, and the speakers/facilitators will close the session with reflections from their own experiences and ideas for incorporating the knowledge of these issues into programming and policies moving forward.

Moderator:
Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist, International Center for Research on Women

Speakers:
Brad Kerner, Adolescent Reproductive Health Advisor, Save the Children
Nithya Mani, Consultant, Marie Stopes International
Sandra Krause, Director, Reproductive Health Program, Women’s Refugee Commission

Participatory Mapping for Community Empowerment (Lee)
Mapping technologies are effective tools for visualizing geographic features, identifying patterns, and planning interventions. However, unless local knowledge is incorporated in these maps, there is a real risk that users will make decisions based on incomplete information. Participatory mapping empowers communities to be the holders of local knowledge and promote their issues. The advent of accessible and inexpensive mapping tools has dramatically increased opportunities and enthusiasm for applying community mapping.
In this workshop, the panel will present their experiences with participatory mapping using tools ranging from sketch maps to satellite imagery and GPS. The panelists have experience applying participatory mapping in a variety of contexts, including youth-led mapping in Benin, community forest management groups in Cambodia, and the slum communities of Nairobi. The variety of experiences presented will demonstrate the applicability of community mapping across technical fields and the successful use of mapping technologies by both experts and non-experts.

Moderator:
Amy Noreuil, Geographic Information Specialist, USAID Office of Transition Initiatives

Speakers:
Erica Hagen, Co-founder of Map Kibera and GroundTruth Initiative
Jade Lamb, Senior Results and Measurement Specialist, Pact
Linda Raftree, Senior Advisor ICT4D, Plan International

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

0[] The New Deal a Year Later: Peacebuilding and Development in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (Salon B)
The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States is now more than a year into its implementation in seven pilot states. The New Deal is a ground-breaking new model for development in fragile and conflict affected states, focusing on linking peacebuilding and statebuilding, and bringing civil society and government together in developing roadmaps out of fragility. This workshop will convene government and civil society actors to discuss progress on the New Deal, and to examine the tensions between peacebuilding and statebuilding in fragile states. The workshop will focus on how the peacebuilding and development communities can work together to address the drivers of conflict and build sustainable institutions in fragile states. Finally, the workshop will analyze how the New Deal might provide a model for a violence reduction element in the post-2015 UN development architecture.

Moderator:
Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Speakers:
Henk-Jan Brinkman, Chief of Policy, Planning and Application Branch, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office
Neil Levine, Director, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID
TBD

Solving the Health Workforce Crisis: A Global Advocacy Strategy (Salon C)
Without frontline health workers, there would be no health care for millions of families in the developing world. Many of the interventions that have proven most effective in saving lives require health workers to deliver them, but there just aren’t enough health workers to get the job done. Currently, 56 countries do not meet the minimal WHO threshold for access to doctors, nurses and midwives. The health workforce crisis is a critical barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals on health and achieving Universal Health Coverage. This workshop will discuss a comprehensive advocacy strategy for mobilizing political and financial commitments to address the health workforce crisis through work at the global, donor, and national levels. This strategy may also hold lessons learned for other social service sectors with critical human resource constraints.

Moderator:
Mandy Folse, Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Speakers:
Lisa Meadowcroft, Executive Director, AMREF USA
Estelle Quain, Team Leader -- Health Systems Strengthening, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID
Smita Baruah, Director, Global Health Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children
Mary Beth Powers, Chair of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition & Chief, Newborn and Child Survival Campaign, Save the Children

0[] Humanitarian Standards – How Can and Should They Add Value (Salons D&E)

Building on the success of the discussions at last year’s forum on standards coherence, there will be an opportunity to hear how the Joint Standards Initiative collaboration (between the Sphere Project, HAP International and People In Aid) is progressing. The workshop will include feedback on the findings from the global consultation which completed in March, as well as debate and discussion with workshop participants and an expert panel on the value of humanitarian standards.

Moderator:
Julien Schopp, Director of Humanitarian Practice, Interaction

Speakers:
Jessica Alexander, Humanitarian Academic, Columbia University
Marian Casey-Maslen, Executive Director, HAP International
Robert Schofield, Coordinator, Joint Standards Initiative
Dave Robinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State 

The Future of Feed the Future (Salons F&G)
How can we shape the future of Feed the Future? President Obama's signature food security initiative has received wide support from many key stakeholders, including civil society. Greater investment in food security and agricultural development has increased the visibility of these issues after decades of relative neglect. Amid fiscal challenges, Feed the Future has remained an Administration priority and has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress. With this sustained attention, how should Feed the Future evolve during the next four years to increase its impact? How will Feed the Future respond to increased concerns about environmental issues, climate change and more resilient food systems? Will the outcomes for smallholders and women farmers stack up against the goals set by Feed the Future? Will stronger civil society partnerships emerge? Presenters will share perspectives on the factors shaping Feed the Future in the coming years and the implications for field programs. Breakout sessions will enable deeper engagement between panelists and audience members on key Feed the Future issues.

Moderator:
Charles Hanrahan, Senior Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Congressional Research Service

Speakers:
Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID
Phil Thomas, Assistant Director, International Affairs, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Paul O'Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America

0[] Annual Members Meeting (InterAction Member CEOs Only- quorum required) (Salon H)
InterAction member CEOs or formally authorized designees are invited to join InterAction's Annual Members Meeting. The meeting will introduce members to issues under consideration by the Board of Directors, including the election of new Board members, and offer a dialogue with InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington and with members of different committees of the Board.

0[] Young Professionals Summit Capstone Session: (Salon J)
After a full day of engaging innovative ideas, networking, and developing skill sets, this capstone event on Tuesday will challenge participants to wrestle with the important questions of: What next? How does this inform with my career path? How do I use this experience to lead social change, organizational change, or personal change? Bill Reese, CEO of the International Youth Foundation, will draw on his rich experience as a long-time CEO, Board Member (former InterAction Chair), and decade of service with the Peace Corps to guide the group through this discussion.

Speaker:
Bill Reese, President and CEO, International Youth Foundation

0[] 0[] How to Own It: Communicating Failure Honestly While Managing Risks (Salon K)
Recent years have seen major strides toward openness and transparency for aid programs. Talking about success is easy, but most organizations still struggle with how best to communicate less than stellar results. How can you keep transparency and integrity from being your organization’s Achilles’ heel? When you own up to failure, or even mixed results, how do you honor your accountability to the people you serve and to the donors who funded your program? This session will address ways development and humanitarian organizations can communicate results, both good and bad, with integrity and context while mitigating potential risks.

Moderator:
Andrew Quinn, Director, New Voices Fellowship, Aspen Global Health & Development

Speakers:
Nasserie Carew, Managing Director for Public Affairs, Millennium Challenge Corporation
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0[] Influencing the 2013 G8 and G20 Summits (Jackson)
The Group of 8 (G8) and Group of 20 (G20) nations are at the forefront of many major international issues vitally important to our community. The summit agendas include food security and nutrition, anti-corruption, and energy sustainability. This workshop will provide insight into the issues that the G8 and G20 will address in the coming year, as well as advice for how to influence the outcomes of the summits. The speakers will sit at the participant tables, delivering brief remarks to the full group before engaging with each table in discussion on the topic. Attendees will engage directly with each speaker, allowing for a more informal and interactive atmosphere. Due to the workshop design there is limited space for only 30 participants, who will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Moderator:
John Ruthrauff, Director, International Advocacy, InterAction

Speakers:
Ben Jackson, CEO Bond UK
Dmitri Medlev, Director, Oxfam Russia
Mary Beth Goodman, Director of International Economic Affairs, NSC 

0[]  Convergence, Intersections, and Alliances (Lee)
Alliance building is increasingly more important as many development issues require governments, civil society and the private sector to work together to reach specific goals. Successful alliances help tackle development challenges and social issues in a coordinated fashion by leveraging public resources, uniting expertise, raising awareness through joint communications, and promoting mutually beneficial solutions. Alliances help create spaces to improve coordination, build upon each sector’s expertise and capabilities, and implement activities with local communities.
Presenters will discuss:
• The involvement of private sector companies in alliances as a way to promote development.
• Identifying lessons learned about working in alliances from the private sector point of view as well as civil society.
• Identifying the impact, sustainability and the implications for the future of alliances from the private, public and civil society perspective.
• Sharing emerging trends that focus on the private sector as a multiplier of resources and working with NGOs.

Moderator:
Paul Fisher, Director of Corporate Partnerships and Development, Pan American Development Foundation

Speakers:
Giovanna Bruni, Director, Fundación Telefónica Mexico
María Antonia González del Castillo, External consultant, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Mario Cader-Frech, Vice President Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Viacom International Media Networks – The Americas

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

9:00-10:15am
0[] Gallup WorldView: Does Your View of the World Align with In-Country Realities and Perceptions? (InterAction Member CEOs Only) (Salon H)
Gallup’s WorldView gathers and synthesizes global intelligence to help leaders understand the strengths and challenges of the world's countries and regions. This session will provide you with the space to compare your view of the world and particular countries with the views of countries’ citizens. Are we equally optimistic about the same issues? From fragile states to emerging economies, are member CEOs’ decisions reflective of current in-country or local perceptions?  We invite you to join this conversation to reflect on the data gathered over a seven year period, and interactively inquire about trends and forces shaping our environment.

Speakers:
Jon Clifton, Partner, Gallup
Nathan Wendt, Consultant, Gallup

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

0[]  Resilience: How to Make it Meaningful? (Salon A)
Promoting resilience has gained significant attention and investment. Humanitarian and development actors recognize the need for programs that can mitigate the effects of shocks and speed recovery from them, thereby reducing reliance on relief assistance.
Resilience is seen by some as the new umbrella that will break the relief-development divide and promote aid effectiveness. On the other hand, resilience is also perceived as an artificial concept that may undermine response to growing humanitarian needs and jeopardize response capacity and integrity.
In addition to sharing key findings from their studies, the presenters will provide details on the approaches they used to measure resilience.

Moderator:
Julien Schopp, Director of Humanitarian Practice, Interaction

Speakers:
Bernice Romero, Senior Director of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children US
Jon Kurtz, Senior Technical Advisor for Research and Evaluation, Mercy Corps
Simon Levine, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute
Anne Mitaru, International Human Rights Lawyer, Save the Children

Nutrition and the 1,000 Days Window: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Next 1,000 Days (Salon B)
In September 2010, the governments of the United States and Ireland jointly launched the 1,000 Days Call to Action: Change a Life, Change the Future – a call to action to draw attention to the irreversible impact of maternal and child undernutrition during the 1,000 day critical window of opportunity, from pregnancy to the age of 2, and the priority actions and interventions needed to scale up nutrition.

Since 2010, this initiative has been instrumental in highlighting the critically important role of nutrition, positioning it at the top of the global agenda, and fostering action at the country level – from the annual meeting of the G8 countries to the Child Survival Call to Action to the MDGs. In this timely session, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the progress of these first 1,000 days, including political achievements in the U.S. and other countries, current strategies and opportunities, as well as the vision for the next 1,000 days. Panelists will also discuss the natural linkages between nutrition and the broader development and health agenda both from the programmatic and the policy angle and its implications for the field and vulnerable populations. To this end, the session will address cross-sector collaborations, including those with faith-based, non-governmental agencies, private sector, government agencies, and the vital participation and active involvement of communities across the world.

Speakers:
Nora O'Connell, Senior Director of Development Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children
Ellen Piwoz, Senior Program Officer, Family Health Division of Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

0[]  Leveling the Playing Field: Corporate-Community Engagement in the Extractive Industries (Salon C)
This workshop culminates two multi-stakeholder discussions and analyses of work conducted for corporations, and public and private international development organizations, on community impacts of corporate activities in the extractive industries. The discussions focused on promoting transparency and accountability, and responding to community expectations of local employment and economic development. Here, we focus on leveling the playing field for community groups, particularly marginalized groups, so that they can negotiate for their interests from a position of strength. Using case studies, we will identify ways to promote better outcomes for communities. We expect to outline actions and processes that will facilitate and strengthen capacities for international stakeholders to create the conditions that yield more equitable and productive outcomes for communities.

Moderator:
A. Rani Parker, CEO, Business-Community Synergies

Speakers:
Chris Anderson, Americas Director, Communities and Social Performance, Rio Tinto Limited
Felix Ngosa, Senior Project Office, Catholic Relief Services/Zambia
Amar Inamdar, Team Lead, Operations Dispute Resolution and Prevention Team at the World Bank 

0[] Grassroots Campaigning: Best Practices for Influencing Congress (Salons D&E)
Many NGOs have significant grassroots bases that are able and willing to advocate for foreign aid. By utilizing best practices for influencing policy makers and coordinating these groups, we will have a greater collective voice on the Hill. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the importance of grassroots campaigns to advocacy effectiveness as well as examples of best practices from several organizations. Participants will then break into groups to discuss potential areas for grassroots collaboration. We will reconvene at the end to discuss ideas that came out these groups.

Moderator:
Mark Lotwis, Senior Director of Public Policy, InterAction

Speakers:
Laurie Moskowitz, Senior Director for U.S. Campaigns, ONE
Sam Daley-Harris, CEO, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation
Bob Zachritz, Senior Director, Advocacy & Government Relations, World Vision

Youth, Employment and Stability: Evidence of When and Why Youth Employment Programs Reduce Youth Participation in Violence (Salons F&G)
This panel will open with a description of the state of the field and why donors and implementers have relied on youth employment programs to enhance stability. Discussion will move on to what happens to youth who live in crisis environments, how that affects their development, and what psychological variables such as self-control and a sense of belonging have more to do with why youth participate in violence than employment status does. Evidence will be presented from Liberia, Kenya and Somalia that shows that when financial incentives were a driver of violence, there is a relationship between youth employment and violence. However, in contexts where other factors such as discrimination and justice and forced recruitment were present, youth employment and violence were unrelated. A new study in Liberia will be discussed, which will examine whether interventions to improve self-control and the sense of belonging reduce youth participation in violence, and how that compares to employment interventions. After the presentations, panelists will take questions and discuss how this research relates to other contexts, including the Middle East and South Asia.

Speakers:
Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist for Human Development Network, Children and Youth, World Bank
Niall Keleher, Director of Research Methods and Training, Innovations for Poverty Action
Rebecca Wolfe, Senior Youth and Peacebuilding Advisor, Mercy Corps

0[] Citizen Feedback: Social Accountability Mechanisms that Produce Development Results (Salon J)
This workshop directly engages participants in the ‘how to’ and impact of social accountability mechanisms in international development. In the first part, participants are invited to work on an interactive “Citizen Report Cards” exercise. Participants will work in small groups to come up with indicators and feedback to fill out sample report cards on service delivery in a relevant sector. The second portion of the session gives participants the opportunity to create and use a "Community Score Card." Using an interactive game, we will examine how the score card can equip communities to solve collective action problems. Finally, drawing upon a recent randomized control trial from 100 primary schools in Uganda, we will show how the use of the score card led to collective action, improved schools, and better education outcomes. The workshop will conclude with a discussion to share experiences and lessons learned.

Moderator:
Roby Senderowitsch, Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank

Speakers:
Andrew Zeitlin, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute and Fellow, Center for Global Development
Jeff Hall, Director, Local Advocacy, World Vision International

0[] A Match Made in Heaven? Bringing Together Academics and Practitioners for Greater Impact (Salon K)
Do our programs have a positive impact on people's lives? This is the question that the humanitarian and development community has been seeking to answer with greater rigor and commitment than ever before. The implications are enormous: Without knowing what works, we risk wasting limited resources implementing projects that may have no benefit to those we aim to serve, or worse, may have unintended negative consequences.

Partnerships between academic researchers and humanitarian organizations can bring to bear different skill sets and perspectives to shared learning agendas, thereby enhancing scientific rigor while rooting research in the reality and urgency of humanitarian work. While the academic-practitioner collaboration is not without its challenges, the potential value to bringing together these historically disparate communities could revolutionize the way we design, implement and evaluate humanitarian and development programs.

In this workshop, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Columbia University and the Feinstein International Center will present how humanitarian organizations and academic institutions can partner to build and use evidence in our programs and advocacy, and challenge the audience to reflect on opportunities for academic partnership in understanding the impact of their programs.

Moderator:
Peter Walker, Director, Feinstein International Center

Speakers:
Peter van der Windt, Department of Political Science, Columbia University
Sheree Bennett, Governance Research Advisor, International Rescue Committee

0[] NGO Accountability and Effectiveness through Standards Development and Compliance (Lee)
InterAction members stand apart from other non-governmental organizations for having established and adopted the ground-breaking InterAction PVO Standards and the Self-Certification-Plus compliance mechanism.

During this session we will discuss the importance and relevance of the Standards and how they serve our members and the public. We will share the recent updates to InterAction Standards and how InterAction members demonstrate their organizational effectiveness, transparency and accountability by biennially self-certifying compliance with the standards. We will share what we have learned about our member organizations from aggregate data from the 2012 Self-Certification-Plus process, what the gaps are and where technical support may be helpful.

This session will also address the real challenges the NGOs face in meeting the standards, such as anticorruption, transparency and accountability concerns at the field level. How important and how difficult is it to manage globally consistent ethics, effective internal control systems and accurate accounting and books and records? Join us for a lively discussion and share your views.

Our panelists will share experiences and examples from the field on best practices and lessons learned.

Speakers:
Nancy Z. Boswell, American University Washington College of Law, former Pres. & CEO, Transparency International USA
Barbara Wallace, Vice President, Membership & Standards, InterAction
Taina Alexander, Program Manager, Membership & Standards, InterAction

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

0[] Effective Collaboration Between NGOs and Corporations (InterAction Member CEOs Only) (Salon H)
Join this high-level panel of corporate leaders to gain insight into their learning derived from years of firsthand experience developing effective, inclusive partnerships between the NGO and private sectors. How can NGOs and corporations best leverage each other’s resources and respective strengths for maximum impact and to ensure local populations are supported and well-served? What forces influence the effectiveness of our joint projects? Can these partnerships harness innovation, and how do corporations look at issues of scale and replicability? The panelists will welcome member CEOs’ views on opportunities for more effective collaboration across sectors and geographies, and especially between NGOs and the private sector.

Moderator:
Jane Nelson, Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

Panelists:
Jack Muhs, Senior Vice President, U.S. International Planning, Engineering & Global Trade Services, FedEx Express
James C. Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPontt
James Bernanrd, Global Director, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Education
Katherine Pickus, Divisional Vice President of Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott and Abbott Fund                                                                                                                                   

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

0[] Improving U.S. Government Evaluation: A Conversation with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID and State Department (Salon A)
This workshop will feature presentations from the heads of evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, State Department and USAID on the progress they are making in building capacity to produce and use high quality evaluations in their organizations and how they are working with their NGO partners to achieve those results.

Speakers:
Cynthia Clapp-Wincek, Director of the Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, USAID
Peter Davis, Acting Coordinator of the Office of Planning and Performance Management, Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, U.S. Department of State
Berta Heybey, Senior Director, Millennium Challenge Corporation

0[]  Sheltering Affected Populations: "It's a Home, Stupid" (Salon B)
During emergency relief interventions, the development context and chronic background conditions must be taken into consideration for an effective humanitarian shelter response to acute disasters. This is particularly relevant in the case of urban exposure, where the complexity of population density and the demands of urban services require an integrated or settlement approach to shelter relief. Crisis response situations often miss opportunities to leverage shelter relief interventions into a faster early and long-term recovery.  We need a better understanding of how to effectively exploit the links between humanitarian shelter interventions and teh implementation of permanent shelter for affected populations. This workshop will present, review and discuss key issues, constraints and opportunities that define the interactions between shelter relief and long-term recovery and development, seeking a better articulation of how shelter relief can point to permanent, durable and safer shelter solutions.

Moderator:
Kip Scheidler, Senior Director Global Disaster Response, Habitat for Humanity International

Speakers:
Charles Setchell, Senior Shelter, Settlements, and Hazard Mitigation Advisor, USAID/OFDA
Dr. Frederick Krimgold, Director Disaster Risk Reduction Program, Virginia Tech
Sohini Sarkar, Senior Program Development Officer, Global Communities

Promoting a Healthy Supply Chain (Salon C)
We will explore how proper resourcing complements both our short-term relief and long-term development work. Join this workshop not only to discover best practices in the industry, but delve deeper into issues at the beginning and end of the supply chain process.

Speakers:
Carol Wylie, Vice President Gifts-in-Kind, World Vision
David Andrews, Director International Shipping, Operation Blessing
Susan Talbot, Program Officer, World Concern

Putting National Actors at the Core of Humanitarian Response (Salons D&E)
The current model for humanitarian response – led by the UN with an overwhelming role for INGOs – has incurred tragic delays, immense international footprints, and little lasting change because it hasn’t emphasized engaging with local organizations or government entities. The humanitarian system needs to change. One option for reform, which this workshop will explore, is an entirely different vision of the system, where resilient communities are at the core, with national leadership (state and non-state) leading preparedness and response efforts, civil society holding national actors accountable, and international actors providing support only when needed. We will consider states that have started to build more robust risk management and disaster management systems, and look at aid (state and INGO) to build capacity for national- and local-led response. Speakers representing civil society and regional-level governmental entities and a researcher will provide examples of successes and challenges and attempt to draw out lessons and best practices.

Moderator:
Michael Delaney, Director, Humanitarian Response Department, Oxfam America

Speakers:
Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy, Regional Communications and Advocacy Manger, Adeso – African Development Solutions
Jeremy Harkey, Independent consultant
Noel Barillas, Director of Development and Cooperation, Central American Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters (CEPREDENAC)

Mainstreaming Youth Programming Considerations Across Key Sectors (Agriculture/Food Security, Environment/Climate Change and Media/Social Media) (Salons F&G)
Demographics shape donor, government, and NGO priorities and should inform the design of development programming in all sectors. Half of the world’s 7 billion people are under the age of 30 and, in many countries, youth comprise more than half of the population. By programming for the diverse youth demographic, engaging youth as resources, and creating opportunities for societies to view youth as problems solvers, programs across all sectors can create conditions for youth to be a force for positive change.

With the recent release of USAID’s Policy for Youth in Development, USAID identified mainstreaming youth as an agency-wide priority. This workshop will provide an opportunity for sector experts and youth experts to engage in dialogue on the opportunities, best practices, and challenges for mainstreaming youth programming considerations. Attendees will engage with youth and sector experts in moderated discussion and break-out groups will dialogue on youth mainstreaming by sector.

Moderator:
Clare Ignatowski, Senior Advisor for Workforce Development and Youth, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment, USAID

Speakers:
Drusilla Menaker, Senior Media Development Advisor and Director of Communities of Practice, IREX
Gwendolyn Andersen, Senior Manager – Senior Manager, Renewable Energy, IRG/Engility
Elizabeth MarkovicSenior Program Officer, Winrock International

NGO Leadership Transition and Succession: Lessons Learned from Experience (Salon J)
Leadership succession and transition presents many challenges as well as opportunities. This session will focus on two of the most challenging and potentially rewarding succession/transition topics: senior executive transitions and preparation of the next generation of NGO leaders. Building off the practical, real-world “case study” experience of three leaders, the session will provide an overview of three types of succession planning, which are applicable to leadership at any level and a well-tested, three-phase process for executive transition management. This is an approach to transitions that minimizes inherent risks while capitalizing on the opportunities that succession and transition offer.

The session will emphasize learning from the experience of seasoned leaders who went through leadership succession and transition themselves, and from proven methods of facilitating that process.

Moderator:
Karen Schuler, Vice President/Operations, TransitionGuides

Speakers:
Charlie MacCormack, former President, Save the Children USA
Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President, InterAction
Luis Guardia, Board Chair, ActionAid USA and COO, ONE Campaign

0[]  Fit for Partnering: Reengineering to Partner at Scale (Salon K)
NGO executives and managers increasingly must lead their organizations to partner with corporations in order to stay competitive and achieve core objectives. Looking forward, successful NGOs will re-engineer and re-tool to attain scale and replicability in their partnerships. Corporate partnerships will support core strategy, save resources, and lead to greater return on investment. For many NGOs, however, ad-hoc approaches remain inefficient and frustrating. This highly interactive working session geared toward senior and mid-level leaders will help NGOs advance their objective to become Fit for Partnering. Participants will:

1. Hear examples of “good practices” in strategy and leadership, management systems, people and culture to advance partnering efforts
2. Undertake a quick self-assessment to understand how their organizational structure, processes and environment may contribute to or undermine partnering
3. Discuss their greatest challenges and identify three priority change actions to introduce in their organizations

Moderator:
Mitsi Sellers, Senior Associate, The Partnering Initiative

Speakers:
Katie Fry Hester, Senior Associate, The Partnering Initiative
Ryan Johnson, Director of Foundations and Corporate Engagement, Catholic Relief Services
Awais Sufi, Executive VP of Programs at International Youth Foundation

What You Don’t Fund Can Hurt You (Lee)
Safety and security is a recognized element of humanitarian and development work. However, member organizations often struggle with how or, worse, choose not to incorporate this key enabler of programs into the proposal development and project design process and/or technical and cost proposals.
This workshop will provide NGO proposal writers, business development professionals, program staff, safety and security specialists and their leaders strategies for tackling this critically important component of work. Issues addressed will include why, how and where to include safety and security in project design, budgets, and proposal submissions; the questions of how safety and security really impacts competiveness; strategies for cost recovery and cost share and; awareness of safety and security considerations that will have an impact on program budget, implementation, and execution through program close out.

Moderator:
Laky Pissalidis, Security Director, InterAction

Speakers:
David Weiss, CEO, Global Communities
Gregory Kerns, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Grants, ChildFund International
Lisa Reilly, Executive Director, European InterAgency Security Forum
Shawn Bardwell, Safety and Security Coordinator, USAID/OFDA

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

0[] CEO Workshop Lunch: The Open Data and Transparency Revolution (InterAction Member CEOs Only) (Salon H)
Organizations around the world – donors, host country governments, foundations,  international and national NGOs – are increasingly focusing on the potential of data to improve development. Improvements in technology, which allow the sharing of massive amounts of information at a lower cost, represent a new opportunity for increasing transparency and are dramatically changing what it means to be an “open” organization. At the same time, international standards and initiatives have been developed to ensure the utility and usability of all this data. What does this open data and transparency “revolution” mean for NGOs? What are NGOs doing to be more open, and what can they learn from those in other sectors undertaking similar efforts? How do these investments in greater openness contribute to NGOs’ efforts to promote global change? InterAction member CEOs are invited to a candid and informal discussion with some of the leaders in this field.

Moderator:
Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President, InterAction

Panelists:
Brad Smith, President, The Foundation Center
David Bonbright, Chief Executive, Keystone
Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA