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To Protect the World’s Humanitarians, Real Reform is Needed in the NGO Community

World Humanitarian Day, celebrated on August 19th, was started to commemorate those who died at the Canal Hotel Bombing in Iraq on August 19, 2003. It is an annual occasion for us to recognize the sacrifices made by humanitarian aid workers. Unfortunately, their challenges and sacrifices are not limited to the extreme risks they face in the pursuit of efforts to save lives.

Worker Rights Attacks Part of Human Rights Crackdown

Human rights activists around the world celebrated the recent release from prison of two union leaders in Kazakhstan who were convicted of bogus criminal charges after participating in a peaceful workers’ protest against the forced closure of the country’s main independent union group, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (CITUK/KNPRK).

Social Inclusion: The Key to Effective Global Development

The global development community is pursuing historic and ambitious goals. They include: eliminating extreme poverty, providing universal quality education and literacy, advancing peace and security, improving governance, and fostering respect for human rights and dignity for all.

Could Family Separation Increase Human Trafficking Risk for Immigrant Children?

Child trafficking can seem like a scourge far from U.S. borders, in countries riven by war, natural disasters or endemic poverty.

It happens in places like Haiti, where criminals preyed on orphaned children for illegal adoptions after the 2010 earthquakes, or in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 40,000 children toil in lethal cobalt mines.

InterAction Welcomes Nine New Members

In early June, InterAction welcomed nine new members into our coalition. These members represent a wide range of work within the international development and humanitarian sectors, bringing knowledge and expertise on issues ranging from health and wellness to data, civilian protection to poverty alleviation.  These organizations embody the shared principles amongst the membership and are welcomed additions to the InterAction community.

A huge welcome to the following new members:

Guidelines for NGO Coordination with Military Actors During Humanitarian Crises

(InterAction Director for Humanitarian Practice, Julien Schopp, testifying before the U.S. House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities)

Together Project Advocates for Financial Access

In March 2017, Charity & Security Network released a report entitled “Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits Reveals Broad Scope of Problem,” which conveyed how prevalent issues of banking access were in the nonprofit sector. In a survey of 305 nonprofits in the United States who work internationally, two-thirds stated that they have issues with financial access.

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