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InterAction Working Groups

InterAction's current roster of working groups is listed below. For more information on a specific working group, click the staff contact's name to send an email inquiry.

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Group Description Staff Contact

Climate Working Group

The Climate Working Group educates and advocate for climate change funding on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people. Its focus areas include international climate funding, the nexus between climate change and international development, and climate insurance. This group grew out of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) working group as a key area of interest. 

Lindsey Doyle

Communications Directors Working Group

Forum for senior-level communications staff to network, brainstorm and collaborate. This group also pulls together common messaging and activities around key development and humanitarian issues and campaigns affecting the InterAction community, including conflict or natural disasters. 

Caleb Zimmerman

Disability Working Group

The Disability Working Group promotes inclusion of people with disabilities as a human rights issue and a critical component of effective development.

Soshana Hashmie

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Working Group

The DRR Working Group provides a forum to share practical international experiences and knowledge as well as works to improve coordination and raise risk reduction on the international policy and programming agenda.

Mohamed Hilmi

Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group (EPEWG)

EPEWG builds the capacity of our members to measure and demonstrate their effectiveness, and to inform donor policies and practices on monitoring and evaluation. The EPEWG also promotes the exchange of information on tools, best and cutting-edge practices, and member experiences on topics of interest.  

Ben Bestor

Food Security & Agriculture Working Group

The InterAction Food Security & Agriculture Working Group seeks to support and strengthen U.S. NGOs that are active in advocacy and are implementing of field programs in international agricultural development and global food security. Through information sharing, learning and documentation of effective and cross-sectoral program approaches, the working group assists U.S. NGO staff in strengthening field programs and shaping the policies that guide agricultural development. The working group also maintains a dialogue with the U.S. government and multilateral institutions on strategies, mechanisms and program approaches to effective agricultural development, and focuses on Congressional advocacy to ensure that investments in international agricultural development and global food security are sustained and ideally increased and that U.S. policy on these issues remains strong and inclusive of U.S. NGO goals and expertise.

Sara Nitz

Fragility, Conflict and Violence Working Group The Fragility, Conflict, and Violence (FCV) Working Group is convened to focus on the challenges of development, peacebuilding and security in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The FCV working group seeks to raise the level of analysis and policy outreach in complex conflict regions around the world. This working group initially grew out of member interest in the SDGs and Agenda 2030 in 2015. In 2017, it gained momentum as member organizations anticipated the de-prioritization of the fragility agenda by the current U.S. Administration coupled with a worrying spike in violent conflict around the world in the past decade.  Lindsey Doyle

G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance

The G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance is a group of over 4InterAction members and allies who work together to influence the annual G7 and G20 summits. The Alliance meets on an as-needed basis beginning eight to nine months before the summits, to select policy issues to advocate around, based on summit agendas. Recent issues have included anti-corruption and transparency, food security and nutrition, financial inclusion, financial transparency and tax fairness, G7/G20 accountability, jobs and employment, and trade. Alliance members form policy teams who draft short briefs used to advocate with the White House, USAID, Department of the treasury and other agencies. The Alliance has also worked on common messaging for media surrounding the summits

Ben Bestor

Gender Based Violence Sub-Working Group

Provides a collective voice to advance the GBV programming and policy concerns of InterAction member organizations engaged in humanitarian and conflict programs.

Ramon Broers

Global Health Working Group

The Global Health Working Group looks at the “how to” of health delivery and the strengthening of health systems within the relief and development contexts. The working group discusses areas of concern regarding global health, develops specific health policy recommendations and advocates improving health policies and practices across the sector. The group looks for ways to integrate health across other development sectors, incorporate ‘field’ perspectives on health into its messaging and elevate the health agenda in crisis situations.

Soshana Hashmie

Great Lakes Working Group Meets on an ad hoc basis to discuss operational concerns and to coordinate advocacy efforts. Open to InterAction members only.  Chelsea Cooper

Horn of Africa Working Group

Meets regularly to share information and coordinate advocacy for the Horn of Africa region. Current priorities include humanitarian access, operational constraints and refugee/IDP issues . Open to members only.

Kathryn Sidlowski

Iraq Working Group

Discusses operational challenges in Iraq and advocates for greater funding for continuing humanitarian needs as the response shifts to early recovery. The working group meets on a monthly basis with regular information sharing. Open to InterAction members only.

Aliza Vaccher

Joint Famines Working Group This is not an active working group. It only functions as an email list. Kathryn Stiffolino

Lake Chad Basin Working Group

Discusses programming needs and operational challenges in the Lake Chad Basin region including Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The group also coordinates advocacy for greater funding and humanitarian access. The working group meets on a monthly basis with regular information sharing.

Kathryn Sidlowski

Myanmar Email Distribution List

This is not an active working group. It only functions as an email list.

Aliza Vaccher

Pakistan Working Group

Meets regularly to share information and to raise awareness about the current humanitarian situation. Open to InterAction members only. 

Kathryn Sidlowski

Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Community of Practice

This group provides members the opportunity to learn from each other and share information and resources on how to effectively prevent and respond to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Ramon Broers

Private Sector Working Group

The Private Sector Working Group is a platform for information sharing focused on promoting InterAction members’ strengths as development and relief partners, and also a safe space for dialogue with key private sector actors doing business or expanding into communities where we work. This group caters to and is shaped especially by our colleagues currently in charge of developing and/or managing partnerships with corporations.


Protection Working Group

Advances the protection programming and policy concerns of InterAction member organizations and to strengthen capacity of InterAction member organizations to identify and respond to protection contextual challenges in the field and at headquarters level.

Ramon Broers

Public Policy Committee (PPC)

The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is the central working group for InterAction’s coalition-wide public policy work. It provides a venue for member organizations to come together twice a month to share information and to plan and coordinate joint education and advocacy work focused on U.S. government policy-makers in Congress and in the executive branch. The PPC also hosts a wide variety of speakers from the U.S. government, giving InterAction members a chance to share their views and ask questions of government officials in a more private setting. While the PPC focuses a great deal on budget and appropriations work, it is also a forum for information exchange and coordination on the full range of policy issues affecting our members. 

Soshana Hashmie

Refugee Policy Working Group

The InterAction Refugee Policy Working group provides a space for collective follow-up to the 2016 September Summits. The main objective of this group is to contribute to and inform the development of the Global Compact on Refugees-set to be adopted by Member States in 2018- through advocacy and policy recommendations that aim to strengthen refugee assistance and protection within the humanitarian system in the areas of root causes of mass movements, self-reliance, specifically education and livelihoods, climate change and environmental influencers, vulnerable populations, and durable solutions and resettlement.

Kate Phillips-Barrasso

Security Working Group

The Security Advisory Group is comprised of personnel whose responsibilities include the safety and security of their staff. This group is open to those is any InterAction member organization who seek to increase their organization’s overall safety and security capacity. The SAG also serves as an information exchange between members on areas of concern ranging from particular countries to development of policies.

Julien Schopp

Shelter and Settlements Working Group (SSWG)

Improving the collaboration, capacity and practice of organizations involved in the humanitarian Shelter and Settlements sector. The SSWG members work towards shared advocacy objectives to strengthen organizational capacity, practice and policy impacts. The SSWG serves as a link to the global and field-level efforts with the intent of increasing the contribution and impact of shelter stakeholders in natural disasters and conflicts. This group is open to non-members.

Mohamed Hilmi

Social Media Working Group

InterAction’s Social Media Working Group is a collaborative space for social media and digital communicators at member organizations. Participants share social media campaign toolkits, news, and best practices. Webinars and networking events provide additional opportunities for members to connect and learn from each other.

Caleb Zimmerman

South Sudan/Sudan Working Group

Meets regularly to discuss programming needs in Sudan, South Sudan and the region, access and security issues for operational organizations, the current conflict, and topics dealing with political resolution to violence in the region. Open to InterAction members only.

Aliza Vaccher

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Working Group

This is not an active working group. It only functions as an email list.

Ben Bestor

Strengthening Partnerships Initiative

The mission of InterAction’s Strengthening Partnerships Initiative is to facilitate greater cooperation between the U.S. government and NGO implementing partners to provide for better program design, increased efficiencies, and to engage policymakers and legislators in their efforts to increase the impact of U.S. foreign assistance.

Brian Wanko

Syria Response Working Group

Discusses operational challenges in the Syria region, including Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey and advocates for greater funding and humanitarian access. The working group meets on a monthly basis with regular information sharing. Open to InterAction members only.

Aliza Vaccher

Together Project Working Group

The Together Project Working Group addresses common issues facing U.S- based NGOs by strengthening collective capacity, sharing best practices, and developing strategies to combat shrinking civil society space. Structured through five workstreams, InterAction members work collaboratively on topics such as bank de-risking, positive public image, and interfaith connections.

Princess Bazley-Bethea

UNHCR Partnerships Working Group 

InterAction’s UNHCR Partnership working group comes together on an ad hoc basis primarily around UNHCR’s governance cycle and specific UNHCR-NGO Partnership Initiatives. This includes the UNHCR Standing Committee and Executive Committee meetings as well as the annual UNHCR-NGO Consultations. Previous workstreams included the UNHCR High Commissioner's Structured Dialogue with IFRC and the NGOspartnership strengthening in the field, and snapshots of field-level partnership

Chelsea Cooper

Venezuela Email Distribution List

This is not an active working group. It only functions as an email list.

Chelsea Cooper

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Working Group

The WASH Working Group seeks to improve U.S. government policies related to WASH issues in order to increase sustainable access to these basic services in the developing world, improve the integration of WASH across development sectors and prioritize service access to communities most in need.  The group also works hard to encourage partnerships among private, public and non-profit donors in the water sector.

Soshana Hashmie

West Bank/ Gaza Working Group

Meets on an ad hoc basis to discuss operational concerns and to coordinate advocacy efforts. Open to InterAction members only.

Chelsea Cooper

Yemen Working Group

Meets regularly to facilitate exchange of information regarding operational challenges and to coordinate advocacy efforts. Main priorities include: raising awareness and profile of the humanitarian crisis, access and security issues. Open to InterAction members only.

Kathryn Sidlowski