Volunteering Brings Enduring Gifts

I grew up in an Air Force community and was gratefully mentored towards my goal to be a nurse by an Air Force nurse. Talks of relocation and life in “foreign countries” were shared by childhood friends. I too wanted to travel, learn first-hand about lands, people, their cultures and their ways of living. Due to my role as a full time University-based nursing educator from 1974 to 2001, along with raising children, travel out of the Continental United States wasn’t possible.

Sam Worthington: The Evolving Role of U.S. NGOs in a Shifting Aid Landscape

On Monday, August 1, InterAction CEO Sam Worthington spoke at an event co-hosted by DACOR and UAA about the evolving role of U.S. NGOs. Video courtesy of DACOR.

Renovating and Revitalizing InterAction’s Space

Throughout 2016, InterAction has contemplated ways that our sector must adapt and evolve to remain effective. In these considerations, we began to realize that there were ways we could adapt – on a much more immediate scale – to better align with our mission as a convener. With this in mind, we have some exciting news to share.

Cities with the smarts

There is an emerging trend the world over of building “smart cities” representing “hardwiring” and infusion of technology to meet the key needs in urban areas such as fighting crime, and increasing adequate and need based service delivery and an overall focus on fostering growth.

Fragile peace at risk in South Sudan

The oars dip slowly into the barely moving waters of the Sudd, one of the largest wetlands on earth. It’s an idyllic scene. Nearly dusk, birds of all kinds alight on the swamp, looking for dinner and settling into their nests for the night. The tall grasses sway lightly in the breeze. The towering grey clouds overhead are remnants of an earlier downpour, and the air is thick with humidity. The light is just right – soft and tinged in sepia.

Congress Takes Bipartisan Stand Against Global Hunger

Seeing that your family has a steady and stable supply of healthy and nutritious food is a fundamental commitment—and mission—of all mothers and fathers around the globe. It's a value, a need and an imperative that crosses cultural, geographic, and gender lines. And today it's a principle that crosses partisan lines in Congress, with the final passage of the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567/S. 1252).

Congress Sends a Clear Message about the Value of Transparency

On Tuesday, July 5, Congress passed the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R.3766). This bipartisan bill makes U.S. foreign assistance more effective and accountable, and has had strong support in both the House and the Senate under the leadership of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Nutrition During the First 1,000 Days

Nutrition during the first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday has important consequences for proper physical growth and cognitive development. USAID’s Feed the Future program seeks to provide adequate and appropriate nutrition to pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children around the world who may not otherwise have access to such essential resources.

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Improving Humanitarian Outcomes

In the wake of unprecedented humanitarian need across the world, InterAction, with advice and input from members, released U.S. Government Humanitarian Reform Outcomes in early December. The document identifies nine areas where improved outcomes could be achieved with U.S. humanitarian assistance based on the perspective of NGOs responding to natural disasters and complex emergencies. As the U.S. government embarks on a process to reform its foreign assistance institutions and practices, U.S. Government Humanitarian Reform Outcomes offers recommended actions to move toward greater efficiency, quality and impact of assistance in each area for consideration by the Administration and Congress. Read the report.

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