Standing United in a Time of Uncertainty

Photo by Sarah Siguenza

At this moment, when institutions and norms of governance, economics, and human relationship are being questioned, finding common ground for discussion, much less progress, feels elusive. During this time of uncertainty it is essential for civil society all over the world to remember and renew our core values and mission. InterAction and our members are counted among the internationalists. We are committed to doing good in the world, with a deep belief that staying connected will make each of us and our organization’s stronger and more capable servant leaders in the global quest to eliminate extreme poverty and vulnerability, strengthen human rights and citizen participation, safeguard a sustainable planet, promote peace, and ensure dignity for all people.

InterAction’s response to both uncertainty and actions that threaten our community and our allies is to stand united. Building bonds and relationships builds strength for the long-run. InterAction is proud to serve our community and partner with our members to maintain support among the American public and government for our work. We value and honor you, our members, for staying committed through the long-run.

In the coming months, it will be essential for us to continue being alert and vigilant while remembering to celebrate our success. Our partnerships throughout government, including with allies in Congress, will be essential to protect U.S. government support of aid and development.

We have already seen the need to respond in unison to actions that will be pursued by the new U.S. administration. The January 2017 Executive Order regarding the admission of refugees to the United States from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia directly impacts the essential humanitarian work being carried out by InterAction member NGOs. Please visit InterAction's website for a collection of letters, statements, and reactions by these organizations and others alongside resources to learn more about InterAction’s work on refugees and resettlement issues.

We at InterAction are honored to work with all of you—in all our diversity and all our strength as Americans committed to doing good in our world, grounded in the belief that staying connected and continuing to work together makes all of us stronger.