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Plenary Summary: Staying Honest With Donors And The Public

The Thursday luncheon plenary---Tough Times, Good Times--Staying Honest with Donors and the Public---began with the presentation of InterAction's annual Excellence Award for International Reporting to Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy magazine and its daily "The Cable" blog. Rogin writes regularly about relief and development issues. 

During some brief remarks, Rogin said that NGOs need to continue their work in international development because it provides essential care to communities in developing countries.

Workshop Summary: Does Data Sharing Enhance NGO Coordination, Collaboration And Transparency?

At this Thursday afternoon panel, Marian Spivey-Estrada of the American Red Cross, Stephen Davenport of Development Gateway, Melissa Bator of the University of California Santa Barbara, and moderator Andrew Schroeder of Direct Relief International offered insights into data sharing as a tool for NGO coordination, collaboration and transparency.

The workshop discussed the benefits that can derive from data sharing and standardization while also exploring some of the challenges that prevent NGOs from maximizing participation.

Workshop Summary: Cost Benefit Analysis

InterAction’s Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Working Group hosted a panel, Cost Benefit Analysis Tools: Proving the Benefit of Disaster Risk Reduction Programs, to discuss tools for measuring the cost versus the benefit of DRR activities and programs and to share experiences of how these tools are used in the field, specifically in Nepal, Vietnam and El Salvador.

Workshop Summary: Humanitarian Leadership

The panel on Humanitarian Leadership was moderated by Joel Charny (Vice President, Humanitarian Policy & Practice, InterAction) and was comprised of experts JohnMitchell (Director, ALNAP), Mia Beers  (Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, USAID/OFDA), Nan Buzzard (Senior Director of International Response & Programs, American Red Cross), and Claire Messina (Senior Coordinator, HLCU, OCHA).

Workshop Summary: Federal Budget Process 101

The current budget crisis has sparked increased interest in the U.S. budget process. InterAction hosted a timely workshop Thursday morning, “Federal Budget Process 101,” to educate participants about the basics of the budget process. Ken Forsberg, senior legislative manager at InterAction, led a thorough discussion of the process, while the panelists—Khushali Shah, managing director in the Office of the Director of U.S.

Plenary Summary: Advancing Women, Advancing Rights, Advancing Business

This morning marked the 18th Annual Commission on the Advancement of Women (CAW) Breakfast Plenary, cosponsored with the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC). The plenary, titled “Movers and Shakers: Advancing Women, Advancing Rights, Advancing Business,” focused on why and how the private sector and development banks are making greater investments in gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Keynote Address From Valerie Amos: Investing In Common Solutions

InterAction Forum 2011

Wednesday, August 10


Dear friends and colleagues,

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be here with you at this years’ InterAction Forum. It is almost one year since I became the Emergency Relief Coordinator, and the UN’s Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs.