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International and Humanitarian Advocacy at the G7 & G20 Summits

In 2005, prior to the UK Gleneagles G8 Summit, InterAction began significant advocacy work on issues addressed at the annual G8 summits, focusing on debt cancellation for the most heavily-indebted poor countries. In 2009 InterAction expanded its advocacy efforts to influencing the newly-formed G20 summits. Today InterAction is as busy as ever on G7 and G20 advocacy, playing a leading role in encouraging these groups to address the needs of people in the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries.

Julien Schopp: We Must Not Forget the People of Congo

We don’t hear much about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) these days. Headlines have been grabbed by more geopolitically relevant conflicts such as Syria or by more immediate heart-wrenching humanitarian crises like the impending famines in Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen or South Sudan.

Basic Education Coalition Members Take to the Hill for Global Education Advocacy Day 2017

The Basic Education Coalition (BEC), GCE-US, and Global Citizen teamed up to educate Members of Congress on the importance of continued funding for foreign aid and international basic education.

What We Do Overseas Determines How Well We Live Here

On March 16, the Administration released topline details for its FY18 budget, which included a 31 percent cut to the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The international development community is reeling from the notion of ending programs that save lives, keep America safe, promote economic development, and demonstrate moral leadership in the world. 

Making the Case for Foreign Aid in the 2018 Budget

For decades, foreign aid from the United States has supported economic development, educational initiatives, and peace and reconciliation activities around the world. And at only 1 percent of the entire U.S. federal budget, foreign aid is an affordable investment, too.

Vaccines in Times of Crisis

Terrorism, climate change, war and poverty are all high on the list of most significant threats to humanity. But their impact may be eclipsed by one threat that generally attracts far less attention. The next “Big One” may not refer to a bomb or natural disaster. Instead, a viral pandemic could potentially impact millions of lives across the world. The sudden spread of a deadly virus would create an urgent need for life-saving vaccines and treatments. Are we prepared to respond?

What President Trump's "Skinny Budget" Means for Achieving SDG5

In 2015, 193 nations (including the United States) adopted a set of 17 global goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Agenda 2030, that offers a comprehensive roadmap to end poverty and gender inequalities by 2030. By signing Agenda 2030, nations have, as members of the United Nations, committed themselves and their resources to implementing, tracking, and achieving these goals as a part of their national development and economic growth plans. Nevertheless, the U.S., under the leadership of President Trump, has made it clear that Agenda 2030 is not a priority.