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Women, water & the cycle of poverty

Collectively, women and girls spend 200 million hours fetching water every day. That’s according to a recent UNICEFstudy, which also characterized the figure as a “colossal waste of time.”

Honoring and Protecting the World's Humanitarians

The world is experiencing humanitarian crises in scope and scale not seen since the end of World War II. Famine like conditions threaten 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, and conflict is raging in Syria, the Central African Republic (CAR), and other parts of the globe. On World Humanitarian Day, August 19th, we honor the contributions of and risks taken by all who strive to alleviate human suffering and elevate humanity in time of crisis.  

Somalia's "long rains" do nothing to shorten drought

LIVING ON A “KNIFE-EDGE”

Somalia has four seasons: two rainy (Gu and Deyr) and two dry (Jilaal and Hagaa). This year’s Jilaal, which lasts from December to March, was hotter and drier than normal, putting increasing pressure on dwindling water resources. A post-Jilaal evaluation showed elevated risk of extreme hunger.

Hundreds of Thousands of Drought-Impacted Somalis Flee to Cities

As our plane makes its final descent into the town of Baidoa in Somalia’s Bay region, I can begin to make out hundreds of displacement camps that have popped up like mushrooms on the outskirts of the town. The country is now well into its third consecutive season of a severe drought that, in the last seven months alone, has forced more than 760,000 people to flee their homes in search of food and water.

House Foreign Assistance Advocacy Day

On July 26, InterAction’s Public Policy Committee led its second Foreign Assistance Advocacy Day.  InterAction members met with nearly twenty House congressional offices, advocating for the importance of a robust FY18 international affairs budget and a strong and independent USAID. The group also reiterated that any efforts to make organizational changes to USAID and the Department of State must be thoughtful and strategic. This approach is essential to ensure effective and efficient US development and diplomacy programs abroad.

UNLEASH the Power of Data

The power of data is endless. We use Fitbits to collect data about our activity level, sleep cycles, and diet to try and live healthier lives. Our personal data is used by companies to track spending habits and preferences to tailor advertisements perfectly to you. (How did they know I wanted that cat-carrying backpack!?) Data can also be used to track our progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Hunger Briefing Recap - Leveraging Foreign Aid to End Hunger

On July 18 InterAction, in collaboration with One Acre Fund and the House Hunger Caucus, hosted the International Hunger Briefing. The event brought together a bipartisan and bicameral group of congressional offices with representatives from nearly a dozen development and humanitarian organizations. The packed house of over 60 participants examined the future of food security policy, outlined key areas for improved program implementation and highlighted current best practices for hunger eradication.

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