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Five key take-aways from our financial crime risk management academy

In partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, InterAction’s Together Project co-hosted an academy on financial crime risk management on October 10th.  With representatives from U.S. government, regulatory bodies, banks and nonprofits, the academy provided content on the current operating environments for banks and regulators, the relevance of de-risking, and the consequent issues of financial access for nonprofit organizations.

Islamic Relief USA Features Together Project in Podcast

InterAction Together Project program manager, Princess Bazley-Bethea, was the latest guest on the Islamic Relief USA "What a Relief!" podcast published October 10, 2017. The interview was recorded with hosts B.C. Dodge and R. Mordant Mahon during InterAction Forum 2017 in June. Bazley-Bethea explains the focus of the Together Project on creating a hub of advocacy and solidarity for U.S.

Why they ran: Stories from the front lines of the Rohingya crisis

Since August 25, more than 500,000 Rohingya have fled brutal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, crossing the border into Bangladesh. The journey is difficult — though the distance is relatively small, many of those fleeing are children, elderly, or injured. Even those in good health often arrive traumatized by the things they have seen.

Goalkeepers: Why Innovative Reporting is Essential to Success

For years in the development world, we have heard about the importance of monitoring and evaluation. Tracking progress is key. So we hire experts, write lengthy reports to our funders and then continue on with programming. Occasionally we gather at a conference and learn about a great new innovative approach and we do our best to implement these ideas and best practices into our efforts and then repeat the process all over again.

Development needs to adapt with global challenges: Innovation is key

The world today is rapidly changing, and to stay ahead of global challenges, those working in international development must adapt. This requires not more of the same, but constant innovation to help drive progress.

Together Project Working Group Launch

On October 4, the Together Project launched its working group, which seeks to address common issues facing U.S- based NGOs.

Off the Grid: The Central African Republic

KEY FACTS:

  • Slightly smaller than the state of Texas, Central African Republic (CAR) has a population of 4.6 million people
  • The majority of the population is Christian, with a Muslim minority community
  • Natural resources include: diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, and oil
  • More than 85% of the population is quite literally “off the grid” — lacking electricity
  • As of 2016, life expectancy was just under 52 years

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