Learning from Niger and looking toward the future

There’s a funny aspect of global development, where the more remote parts of the world you see, the more it seems to be connected. Last week, watching the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approve a $425 million investment in Niger, I felt a real sense of many things coming together.

Pulses: It's not about your heartbeat!

Not many people know about pulses and about their benefits. It’s not about the heartbeat!

It starts with the name: many people refer to them as legumes or beans. Pulses are a subgroup of legumes that are dried, edible, and have low fat content. This includes kidney beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils. The list could be a very long one, as there are many varieties.

InterAction: Online Tool Provides Analysis on FY2017 U.S. Foreign Operations Budget Priorities

WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders are working to finalize the U.S. State and Foreign Operations Budget for FY2017 with a mark-up in the Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28 and full Senate Appropriations Committee mark-up scheduled for June 29. House committee action is expected to follow the week of July 5. This will be the final budget for the Obama administration and an important demonstration of congressional priorities on current global development and humanitarian relief challenges.

GIS Mapping Technology for Humanitarian Relief

Nestled between the Truong Son mountains and the South China Sea, Quang Ngai Province is like much of Vietnam’s lush and untouched rural landscapes in that it is largely unmapped. Almost 8,000 miles away at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C., thousands of mapping volunteers or “armchair mappers” have been working diligently to change this. By tracing satellite imagery and adding features such as roads, hospitals, and rivers, volunteers are able to help create maps of some of the world’s most vulnerable people and places.

Meet InterAction's 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award Recipient: David Beckmann

Every year, InterAction presents the Julia Vadala Taft Outstanding Leadership Award to an individual whose career and vision has transcended his or her own organization by raising the influence and profile of the U.S. NGO sector as a whole. 

InterAction Announces Alicia Phillips Mandaville as New Vice President of Global Development Practice

WASHINGTON – On Monday, June 6, 2016, InterAction officially announced the selection of Alicia Phillips Mandaville as the new vice president of global development practice. A former chief strategy officer for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Mandaville was chosen to head InterAction's global development team after an extensive leadership search.

Call to Action: Drive Demand for Open Foreign Assistance Information

“If you build it, they will come.”

This Field of Dreams motto applies to our aid transparency efforts over the past five years. The international community, including the U.S. government, has made a significant effort and expended substantial resources to improve foreign assistance transparency; whether anyone is showing up to utilize the data remains an open question.

Mental Health, Psychosocial Support for Women in the Wake of Crisis

Natural disasters, armed conflict, and other humanitarian catastrophes affect millions of people around the world. They can result in emergency situations marked by extensive mortality and morbidity rates, mass displacement of people, malnutrition, disease, and the destruction of political, economic, and health care infrastructures. In 2015 alone, about 150 major natural disasters affected millions of people worldwide.

The 2016 G7 Summit: Successes Thus Far

As with most major international summits, real, change-affecting policy is written long before the heads of government arrive in the host nation. This year is proving to be no different.

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