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Solutions Over Pessimism: A Key to Global Progress in 2019

A new U.S. Congress was sworn in on January 3rd, and despite the current government shutdown, these new members are bringing fresh ideas and new energy to American leadership and policymaking. With this comes a new opportunity to positively influence U.S. foreign assistance and build upon the progress that has been made over the past year to improve the lives of those living in the poorest and must vulnerable places around the world.

Top Blog Posts: Best of 2018

To kick off 2019, we’re looking back at some of our most-read blog posts published in 2018. Shared from InterAction staff, members and the greater international development and humanitarian communities, these stories inspired us, while also highlighting some of the most pressing challenges currently facing the world, including the detainment of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico borders, the ongoing humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria, among others. These blog posts represent the progress we’ve made thus far, while reminding us what remains to be done in the new year.

Mourning the Loss of NCBA CLUSA Staff Killed in Tragic Accident

A bus accident in Uganda claimed the lives of 18 project staff members from InterAction member organization NCBA CLUSA, and three other individuals. Fifteen staff members survived the crash and are receiving medical treatment. The staff worked on NCBA CLUSA’s Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) project.

U.S. Must Support Implementation of Global Compact on Refugees

Following the U.S. vote against the Global Compact on Refugees yesterday, InterAction released a statement urging the U.S. to support the compact’s implementation. Read the statement

Why Multilateral Institutions Still Matter

Earlier this month I, along with Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, represented the InterAction Community at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in Geneva. The meeting brought together the heads of 11 UN agencies — from UNHCR and UNICEF to the World Food Program and World Health Organization — along with the leadership of the International Red Cross and other major international NGO platforms, to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crises taking place around the world.  

Empowering Communities Through Handwashing & Entrepreneurship

Last week was National Handwashing Awareness Week here in the U.S., just in time for holiday gatherings and peak flu season. While a little soap and water can help Americans prevent common illnesses like the flu, they also have the potential to dramatically change the lives of people in developing countries.

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