InterAction Forum Inspires New Thoughts On Development

The InterAction Forum, held recently in Washington, D.C., explored solutions to improve the lives of the world’s poor and marginalized. I was able to participate as a panelist on the session, “Mind the Gap: Creating Economic Opportunities for Youth.”

As a consultant who works on youth employment issues for FHI 360’s Workforce Connections project, spending time with like-minded peers from the development community helped me to gain a fresh perspective on my work.

USAID Moving On Up on Aid Transparency

In 2014 USAID ranked at the bottom of the “Fair” category of Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Index, narrowly missing joining a few fellow U.S. government agencies that were rated as “Poor.” Less than a year later USAID has jumped into the “Good” category. That improvement, noted in PWYF’s 2015 U.S. Aid Transparency Review, clearly demonstrates that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Rising to the Challenge of Local Ownership: Are We Adapting Fast Enough?

When it comes to local ownership and local solutions, we are well past the point of asking whether we can or should do this.  As USAID’s Counselor to the Agency Susan Reichle has said, for USAID to remain a leading development agency, “we have to put partnering locally front and center.”

Forum Takeaways and Future Action

This June, InterAction held its 31st annual Forum. More than 1,000 attendees from over 350 organizations participated in the three-day event.
 
In an effort to synthesize three days of stimulating conversations, brainstorming sessions, and building connections with many of you at InterAction’s Forum 2015, let’s reflect on some key takeaways:
 

Three Reasons to Use Innovative Finance, and three Reasons to Avoid It

Free money is the best kind. But is there such a thing? For NGOs, the closest is grant funding from donors. It may take days, months or years to acquire, but you don’t need to return it once you’ve spent it.

Three reasons to be excited about the potential of the Net Promoter Score for the nonprofit sector

Every 90 days, I get an email in my inbox with the subject line “Continuous Improvement.” In the email, I’m asked how likely I would be to recommend my gym to my friends and family on a 0-10 scale with the option to comment about why I gave my particular score. It only takes me about ten seconds to answer this question, and I quickly see my feedback integrated into how the gym operates.  

Let’s Take Empowerment to Scale

At the upcoming Forum, we will join with Catholic Relief Services and the Alliance to End Hunger to host a workshop to create a Campaign for Community-led Development.

Why is this campaign needed now? I’m convinced that this is the highest-leverage action we (as civil society) can take within the global effort to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 in the Post-2015 era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here are 10 reasons:

Three things to consider before posting your resume online

Will a CV get more attention if posted to a wide range of job boards, or is less more when it comes to online posting? Our members increasingly ask this question as both general and niche job boards –  including in international development – have cropped up around the world, spurred in part by more accessible and affordable website building tools.

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