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Learn more about the processes behind Forum 2016 and dig deeper into content from each workshop track with our Forum blog series. Find out what Forum means to different InterAction staff members, then indulge in a sneak peak of the Forum 2016 workshop tracks, written by the coordinators themselves.


A Legacy of Leadership: Recognizing David Beckmann

As CEO of InterAction – the largest coalition of U.S.-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners – I have met many uniquely impressive leaders.

These individuals inspire others, both from within the NGO sector and outside of it, to advocate for a more equal and just world. They spark innovation and encourage partnerships across physical and intangible borders. They make a lasting impact.

Reflecting on Gayle Smith’s Message of Hope

One of the things I enjoy the most as CEO of InterAction is the chance to bring together the NGO community and its partners each year at our annual Forum. It's always a tough task in deciding how to allocate the limited amount of time we have available, though each year we are thrilled and grateful for the insightful dialogues that ensue over the three days.

This year we had a special honor and treat – a keynote address by recently appointed USAID Administrator Gayle Smith. Her remarks were not only poignant and captivating, but timely.

Latest Forum 2016 News

Aug 24, 2016
There was the 7-member all-male panel discussion on energy and climate at the European Commission in February. There was the 7-member all-male panel on counterterrorism at the U.N. in March. And then there was the 15-member all-male panel on infrastructure at the World Bank in April — with one lone...
Apr 25, 2016
Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian Civilian Defense, a 2,800-strong team of volunteers who aid Syrians affected by shelling and barrel bomb attacks, arrived at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on Monday after a 10-hour flight from Istanbul.   Saleh was due to receive the 2016 Humanitarian...

Latest Forum 2016 Multimedia

Jun 13, 2016
Every year, InterAction presents the Julia Vadala Taft Outstanding Leadership Award to an individual whose career and vision has transcended his or her own organization by raising the influence and profile of the U.S. NGO sector as a whole.  InterAction is proud to award the 2016 Taft Award to...
May 19, 2016
Listen to Audio Only. We are witnessing the highest level of forced displacement since WWII and massive human migration away from danger and hardship. What factors are driving people to migrate? And once they decide to move, what is their fate? Forum 2016's closing plenary looked at threats and...

Forum 2016 Sponsors

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