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Plenary Summary: From Failing States To Development—A Giant Leap

Today, most of the world’s poor live in middle-income or fragile countries, turning the transition from fragile state to fully-functioning state into one of the most crucial points in development. Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council, spoke to InterAction’s Forum about transitioning states just hours after having returned from the Horn of Africa.

Plenary Summary: From Failing States To Development—A Giant Leap

Today, most of the world’s poor live in middle-income or fragile countries, turning the transition from fragile state to fully-functioning state into one of the most crucial points in development. Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council, spoke to InterAction’s Forum about transitioning states just hours after having returned from the Horn of Africa.

Workshop Summary: Navigating MCC’s New Framework For Public-Private Partnerships”

Panelists:

Ms. Courtenay Engelke, Director, Investment and Risk Management, MCC

Mr. Tom Campbell, Senior Director, Private Sector Development, MCC

Mr. Samuel Asante Mensah, Chief of Party (Ghana), Adventist Development and Relief Agency

Moderator:

Mr. Tim McCoy, Vice President for Business Development, Corporate Council on Africa

 

Workshop Summary: Natural Vs. Politically-Made Humanitarian Situations

Islamic Relief USA hosted a Wednesday workshop featuring Dr. Adam Koons of International Relief & Development and Bill Canny of Catholic Relief Services.  Both panelists addressed a number of the critical questions and challenges NGOs face when responding to natural vs. politically-made disasters.   

Plenary Summary: Steinberg Reminds Crowd To Include “Forgotten Communities” When Responding To Crises

InterAction’s Forum 2011 kicked off this morning with keynote speeches from Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Donald Steinberg, USAID Deputy Administrator, on the shifting development and relief landscape.

Amos and Steinberg cited new donor countries, new technologies, and insistent calls for accountability and transparency by U.S. government and large donors as main factors in the shift.

InterAction Salutes Its Forum 2011 Award Winners

InterAction Salutes its Forum 2011 Award Winners

For more information about the awards and when they’ll be distributed, visit /forum-awards-presentations-0.

Effective Assistance Photography Award

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