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Humanitarian Crisis Mounts Amid Escalating Violence in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso, long a relatively-peaceful country, has had increasing security challenges emerge over the past four-plus years. These came to a head in January 2019 – increasing attacks, particularly in the north and east of the country, have led to a rapidly-growing human displacement and humanitarian crisis. International humanitarian actors are mobilizing quickly to support the Government of Burkina Faso in its response to this complex emergency.

Q & A: 2018 Sphere Handbook

Earlier this week, InterAction hosted the Washington D.C. launch of the 2018 Sphere Handbook. For the past 20 years, the Sphere Handbook has helped shape the core principles of humanitarian practice. The Handbook outlines a number of standards, indicators and guidelines intended to help those responding to crises and disasters provide the best support to affected populations.

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