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Q&A: American perceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy

This blog post was written by Jules Roger Sombaye Eyango, Communications Intern at InterAction

Last week, InterAction welcomed researchers from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, who presented the findings from their latest survey on Americans’ perceptions of U.S. foreign policy. Following the briefing, we caught up with members of the team to learn more about the potential implications of these findings for the U.S. on the international scene, and for the NGO community. 

The top 9 causes of global poverty

Picture it: you need to feed your family, travel to and from work, and get your child school supplies. But you only have $1.90 in your pocket. It seems like an impossible scenario. But for approximately 800 million people in the world, it’s their reality. 11% of the world’s population is living in extreme poverty, which is defined as surviving on only $1.90 a day.

Holding Private Donors Accountable

U.S. global engagement and humanitarian assistance continues to garner broad bipartisan support.

A Case for Gender Equality on this Day and Every Day

Today, on International Day of the Girl, the world celebrates the many things a girl can be – a doctor, an artist, a judge. Lean in. Dream big. Those are the empowering messages we all tell the girls in our lives.
But despite remarkable progress in some quarters, gender inequality and disempowerment still persist and are a root cause of many barriers to sustainable development around the world. Discrimination against girls critically impacts children’s ability to survive, learn, and live a life free from violence.

GAO reviews ongoing banking challenges affecting the nonprofit sector

Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have found themselves increasingly impacted by banking challenges. When dealing with nonprofits with international operations, banks have gone beyond reasonable implementing controls and are implementing their own de-risking measures, making it difficult for NPOs to conduct business. In a misguided response to anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terror (AML/CFT) concerns, banks are choosing to refuse business, known as de-banking, or drastically slow the transfer of funds of NPOs - even with no evidence of wrongdoing.

Not Part of the Job! Video Explores Gender-Based Violence

Sexual assault is a well-recognized aspect of gender-based violence at work. But as a new Solidarity Center video makes clear, gender-based violence at work may involve bullying, verbal abuse, stalking, threats and much more.  (Find out more about the campaign to Stop Gender-Based Violence at Work!)