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Oreos and the 3 keys to unlocking organizational agility: process, policies and governance

February 3, 2013: the Super Bowl lights go out, and Oreo dunks into the darkness with their marketing playbook and emerges with the greatest score of the night. A perfectly timed tweet, with pitch-perfect tone. As we all know, the Super Bowl is really about the ads--the night for brands (and their agencies) to shine or flop. As Ad Age noted, "[Oreo] won the evening and it wasn't even an ad".

What Trump Means for International Development

Last November’s presidential election in the United States was one of the most consequential and divisive in recent history. With both parties playing to very divided political bases and strong anti-establishment sentiments in many parts of the nation, the question of what role the United States should play as a global leader received scant discussion on the national stage.

The Humanitarian Community Is Counting on the Oslo Conference to Raise Awareness and Funds for the Neglected Lake Chad Crisis

The Lake Chad Basin of West Africa has long suffered from the mutually reinforcing effects of economic poverty, underdevelopment, and climate change. These challenges have been exacerbated by an unprecedented security situation since February 2015 – continuous cross-border raids by Boko Haram insurgents have created terror, mass displacement and miserable, precarious living conditions for millions of people.

Coming Soon: New Tools for Publishing and Using IATI Data

Despite all of our collective progress towards more open data and more transparent funding, the simplest questions can still stump us. Take for instance this real-life, time-sensitive inquiry: “How much does DFID spend to combat illegal fishing? Need to know by noon.” Ideally, a quick search of investment data from OECD DACD-Portal, or the IATI Registry would allow one to triangulate an answer, but not always (go ahead, try it!).

What's going on in South Sudan?

It’s hard to ignore the numbers: more than 50,000 killed, more than three million forced to flee their homes, and millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. It’s stunning to observe South Sudan’s decline from an American foreign-policy success story to a country on the verge of collapse, so soon after its 2011 independence — and largely out of the spotlight.

AN UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS

Workers’ Equality Forum: Share Your Story!

Sam Oliver, a union shop steward at the Sime Darby Rubber and Oil plantation in Liberia, where workers live in company-provided housing, says “people lived in deplorable” conditions before joining the General Agriculture and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (GAAWUL).

Today, says Oliver, a warehouse clerk on the plantation, “through the intervention of this union, you can now see they are renovating some of these houses and negotiation is on the table so they can fast track the renovation.”

Standing United in a Time of Uncertainty

At this moment, when institutions and norms of governance, economics, and human relationship are being questioned, finding common ground for discussion, much less progress, feels elusive. During this time of uncertainty it is essential for civil society all over the world to remember and renew our core values and mission. InterAction and our members are counted among the internationalists.

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