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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.

Transcript Of Yunus Interview On Kojo Nnamdi Show

Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU-FM)

Muhammad Yunus: Microcredit's Turning Tide

August 11, 2011


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Muhammad Yunus: Microcredit's Turning Tide


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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.